In this issue: Special articles to help you
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Things are happening at BYU
Yes, there's a lot going on at the big Church school, things you
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motivated students. If you're going to be a part of it, there is
more you should know. Keep in mind that the deadline for
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The American College Test must be taken by all freshmen;
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deadline, and you must apply to take it by Jan. 28. Also, all
new students will be interviewed; there is a $10 application
fee; you must have good high school grades; new students
are asked to have a physical examination. So, you see, going
to BYU is special, but you must be sure you are prepared.
Write to the Dean of Admissions and Records for information.
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2 The Editor's Page: Teach Faith, President David O. McKay
4 Your Question: The Two Tables of Stone,
President Joseph Fielding Smith
10 The Era Asks: How Can We Improve Home Evening?
32 Tips for Genealogists
33 Era of Youth
54, 56, 64, 65 The Spoken Word from Temple Square, Richard L. Evans
59 Best of Movies, Howard Pearson
62 Teaching: The Effective Teacher, A. LaVar Thornock
65 Buffs and Rebuffs
66 These Times: The American Presence in Asia, G. Homer Durham
66 The Church Moves On
68 Melchizedek Priesthood: Priesthood Brotherhood
70 Presiding Bishopric's Page
72 Today's Family: Adjust Your Life to Really Live, Florence B. Pinnock
80 End of an Era
There Is a Law, Lowell L. Bennion
The Home Evening, Harold B. Lee
The Greatest Work in the World, Ezra Taft Benson
Who Needs Home Evenings? The Family Home Evening Committee
Letter to a Serviceman
Here's How We Do It
Parents' Dreams and Home Evening, Thelma de Jong
Perils and Pearls of Home Evening, John J Stewart
The Uncertain Promise, G. Morris Rowley
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The Editor's Page
By President David 0. McKay
• We are a church of teachers: parents teaching mem-
bers of their families in the home; teachers assigned
to instruct in the priesthood, the Mutual Improvement
Associations, Sunday School, Primary, and Relief
Society; neighbors visiting neighbors in the home
teaching program; and missionaries teaching the
glorious restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
Only a few individuals determine in life the way
to go. The great majority follow, as the people of
ancient Israel followed. If the teacher or leader is
false, the followers go on a false road. If the leader-
ship is true, the followers are led on true paths, Thus
upon the teacher rests much of the responsibility of
leading society to a high level.
Teachers: Yours is the responsibility to teach not
only by precept, but also by example.
In one of the great revelations found in the Doctrine
and Covenants (the Prophet Joseph designated this
one as "the Olive Leaf" ) , we find these words :
"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and
teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out
of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning,
even by study and also by faith.
"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing;
and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house
of fasting; a house of faith, a house of learning, a
house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
"That your incomings may be in the name of the
Lord; that your outgoings may be in the name of the
Lord; that all your salutations may be in the name
of the Lord, with uplifted hands unto the Most High."
Faith is the first principle of the gospel and should
always be taught above all else. What should we
teach of faith? We should first of all teach implicit
faith in Jesus Christ as the light of the world, and a
sincere desire to serve God. This condition of the
soul will merit the companionship and guidance of
the Holy Spirit.
Each teacher must have unfeigned love for those
being taught, guided by a determination to deal
justly and impartially with each member of the group.
Honor them, and they will honor you.
Thorough preparation is essential if a teacher is to
be successful. He needs to study the student, as well
as the lesson.
Teachers of the gospel must exhibit cheerfulness,
not forced, but natural cheerfulness springing spon-
taneously from a hopeful soul.
Every teacher has the responsibility of setting such
a worthy example that he might say, as the Great
Teacher said: ". . . ye should do as I have done to
you." (John 13:15.)
Teach what you feel. Teach by example, and "let
your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is
in heaven." (Matt. 5:16.) The sun is to the earth's
solar system what the heart is to one's physical body;
so Christ should be to our intellectual and spiritual
To obtain true happiness and success in life, one
should ever follow the admonition of the Savior:
". . . seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you." (Matt. 6:33.)
A good teacher therefore realizes that his most
important goals in teaching are, first, to inspire the
student to love the gospel and to love to study it,
and second, to teach him how to study it.
My faith gives to me an assurance that God is truly
my Father, and that therefore I have inherited his
So far as the ante-mortal state of man is concerned,
I rejoice in the fact that he was "in the beginning
with the Father." My faith is a constant inspira-
tion to me to search always for truth and to seek
ever for that which is "virtuous, lovely, or of good
report or praiseworthy." May we all, teachers as well
as students, have such faith to guide and sustain
us always. o
Answered by President
Joseph Fielding Smith
The Two Tables
Written by the Finger of
question: A new member in Norway asked the following question
in relation to the two tables of stone, written by the finger of God,
which Moses threw down and broke when he saw the children of Israel
acting in a foolish manner. "I understand that the Lord modified what
he had first written and denied to Israel some promised blessings that
were on the first tables. Is this so?"
ANSWER: It is true that when
Moses broke the first tables, the
Lord prepared other tables "like
unto the first." It is unfortunate
that the Lord had to modify the
second tables, because in some re-
spects they were not exactly like
the first. We have learned through
modern revelation that parts of
the first recorded counsel were
changed. For instance, here is
part of the counsel the Lord gave
to Moses after the breaking of the
tables, found in the scriptures re-
vealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith:
"And the Lord said to Moses,
Hew thee two other tables of stone,
like unto the first, and I will write
upon them also, the words of the
law, according as they were written
at first on the tables which thou
brakest; but it shall not be accord-
ing to the first, for I will take away
the priesthood out of their midst;
therefore my holy order, and the
ordinances thereof, shall not go
before them; for my presence shall
not go up in their midst, lest I
"But I will give unto them the
law as at the first, but it shall be
after the law of a carnal command-
ment; for I have sworn in my
wrath, that they shall not enter
into my presence, into my rest,
in the days of their pilgrimage.
Therefore do as I have commanded
thee, and be ready in the morning,
and come up in the morning unto
mount Sinai, and present thyself
there to me, in the top of the
"And no man shall come up with
thee, neither let any man be seen
throughout all the mount; neither
let the flocks nor herds feed before
"And Moses hewed two tables
of stone like unto the first; and he
rose up early in the morning, and
went up unto mount Sinai, as the
Lord had commanded him, and
took in his hand the two tables of
"And the Lord descended in the
cloud, and stood with him there,
and proclaimed the name of the
"And the Lord passed by before
him, and proclaimed, The Lord,
The Lord God, merciful and
gracious, long-suffering, and abun-
dant in goodness and truth,
"Keeping mercy for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgres-
sion and sin, and that will by no
means clear the rebellious; visiting
the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children, and upon the children's
children, unto the third and to the
"And Moses made haste, and
bowed his head towards the earth,
and worshipped." (Exod. 34:1-8,
Inspired Version of the Bible. )
So we read in the Prophet's edi-
tion of the Bible. This agrees
perfectly with what the Lord has
given us by revelation in the Doc-
trine and Covenants, Section 84,
"And this greater priesthood ad-
ministereth the gospel and holdeth
the key of the mysteries of the
kingdom, even the key of the
knowledge of God.
"Therefore, in the ordinances
thereof, the power of godliness is
"And without the ordinances
thereof, and the authority of the
priesthood, the power of godliness
is not manifest unto men in the
"For without this no man can
see the face of God, even the
Father, and live.
"Now this Moses plainly taught
to the children of Israel in the
wilderness, and sought diligently
to sanctify his people that they
might behold the face of God;
"But they hardened their hearts
and could not endure his presence;
therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for
his anger was kindled against them,
swore that they should not enter
into his rest while in the wilderness,
which rest is the fulness of his
"Therefore, he took Moses out of
their midst, and the Holy Priest-
"And the lesser priesthood con-
tinued, which priesthood holdeth
the keys of the ministering of
angels and the preparatory gospel;
"Which gospel is the gospel of
repentance and of baptism, and
the remission of sins, and the law
of carnal commandments, which
the Lord in his wrath caused to
continue with the house of Aaron
among the children of Israel until
John, whom God raised up, being
filled with the Holy Ghost from
his mother's womb."
It might seem to some that the
Lord was rather harsh with Israel
by making this decree, leaving
them with the law of Moses but
denying them the fullness of the
gospel. However, a closer study
of the situation will show that the
Lord used wisdom in making these
restrictions. Evidently the time had
not come for the complete restora-
tion, and it was divine wisdom to
restrict the Israelites and give
them a "schoolmaster" until the
coming of our Redeemer, when the
gospel's fullness was restored. O
There Is a Law
» • •
By Lowell L. Bennion
mothers learned the
of her skilled hands;
knew her love.
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Illustrated by Dale Bryner \
Lowell L. Bennion, associate dean of students at the Uni-
versity of Utah and member of the youth coordinating
committee, has long been a stimulating contributor to
Latter-day Saint thought and author of numerous courses
of study used in Church auxiliaries.
• We often attend funerals for persons who seemed to
be at the beginning of life's calling, or who seemed
to be the driving force of an important project, the
results of which could benefit all mankind. A tragic
accident has taken someone, or a disease has come
swiftly, undetected, and fatally. Why are such choice
persons taken at a time when the future promised so
much? Explanations are given by speakers at the
services, but these consoling words sometimes fail
in their avowed purpose.
Like Job of old, we too cannot comprehend the
ways of the Creator, but are likely to darken "counsel
by words without knowledge." (Job 38:2.) With him
we are willing to walk by faith, because now we only
"see through a glass, darkly. ..." (1 Cor. 13:12.) We
also confirm in our minds these words found in Isaiah:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts
than your thoughts." (Isa. 55:8-9.)
And we are quite willing to follow the advice of
Jacob, son of Lehi:
"Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord,
but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye
yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and
in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works."
Although we have neither a full nor a completely
satisfactory answer to the tragedies and misfortunes
that befall us, there is in the restored gospel of Jesus
Christ a teaching that casts considerable light on the
perplexing subject at hand. It gives us at least one
fundamental anchor from which to plan our living.
"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven
before the foundations of this world, upon which all
blessings are predicated—
"And when we obtain any blessing from God [or
from life], it is by obedience to that law upon which
it is predicated." (D&C 130:20-21.)
This principle— blessings by obedience to law or its
counterpart— is seen in every walk of life. A young
doctor friend, brilliant and dedicated, began his
medical career by working day and night to meet
his heavy financial obligations. His knowledge of the
body's need for rest has not spared him the conse-
quences of disobedience. He has had repeated heart
attacks, and still he continues to defy nature's laws.
A widow lost her second and only surviving son
in World War II. She stood alone without anyone
close of kin to sustain her. Self-pity occupied her
thoughts and feelings increasingly. She consulted her
family physician; he found nothing organically wrong
with her and tried to persuade her that she was in
good health. She would not be persuaded and con-
tinued in her downhill path. One day the doctor
decided, in desperation, to take drastic measures.
When she came to his office again, he said, "Sister
Martinson, do you believe in the gospel of Jesus
She was shocked. "Why, of course I do. I pray
daily, fast monthly, go to church regularly, pay my
tithes. You know I believe."
He replied, "Well, if you don't start living certain
of its principles better than you do, you will become
a burden to yourself and to this community."
"What do you mean?" she asked, quite upset.
He answered, "Jesus said, Tor whosoever will save
his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life
for my sake shall find it.' (Matt. 16:25.) This is, I
believe, your greatest need. If you will live by this
principle, you will get well."
Somewhat chagrined, she went home, reflected,
and changed her whole way of life. Her thoughts
turned from self to others. She took fresh bread to the
sick and afflicted; young, over-burdened mothers
learned the strength and encouragement of her skilled
hands; little children in the neighborhood knew her
love. This woman found a joy in living that she had
never known before, not even in the days made secure
by the presence of loved ones.
"There is a law, . . ." and when we obtain any
blessing from life it is by obedience to that particular
law upon which that particular blessing is predicated.
If we wish to come home safely from a ride in the
car, we obey the laws of safe driving and even prac-
tice defensive driving. If we wish to enjoy health,
we keep the laws of health. If we wish to enjoy
mental health, we learn that it is more blessed to give
than to receive.
Some of us seem to live by the dangerous assump-
tion that if we belong to Christ's Church, believe in
his gospel, and say our prayers, all will be well with
us. We are surprised when misfortune strikes despite
our living by such faith. What is wrong? We forget
that we live in a law-abiding universe and that par-
Excellent service in the mission field
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ticular laws govern particular situations. And, while
This experience opened my eyes. I have since
verified it two or three times. "There is a law in
banking." It matters not what else is going on in
one's life; neglect in this area brings embarrassing
| Frequently some returned missionaries who come
to me for counseling are failing in their studies.
Why? They are good lads who have served the Lord
with joy, but they have not learned the laws of study.
Some, distracted by financial, romantic, and personal
problems, are poor students. Others have learned
how to study, do very well, and demonstrate remark-
able improvement and maturity. Excellent service
in the mission field does not save a student from the
consequences of poor study habits.
One night on a train coming from Laramie, Wyo-
ming, a number of men were celebrating D wight D.
Eisenhower's first presidential victory. One of the
men, who was serving drinks to those who drank,
later asked me, "Where are you from?"
"Utah," I replied.
"I thought so. You see, I'm a Mormon, too," he
said, "but a 'J ac ik Mormon.' My folks still live in
Salt Lake. When I go to see them, I stay at the hotel,
sweeten my breath, and visit them the next day."
As he talked, he had my sympathy. And I was
grateful— though not boastfully— that I could go di-
rectly to my folks upon arriving in town. Then he
told me of the wonderful time he had with his teen-
age children. Together they had built a cabin near
Long Beach, California, where they spent weekends
there is a great deal of overlap and interlacing among leisurely reading books and talking about ideas. He
the relationships and laws of life, it is not enough
simply to live "the good life" in general. We must
learn to live it in specific ways as well. Let me
One day my banker called in the middle of the
month and said, "Your account is overdrawn $156.35.
Don't be alarmed; I just thought you should know."
I apologized and was truly surprised. What was the
explanation? I waited until the first of the month
and found that as usual there was no error in the
bank's bookkeeping. During the month I had said
my prayers and paid my tithing, but I was still over-
drawn. Why? I had misplaced my checkbook and
had written checks quite freely without keeping
track. My wife, a woman of strong faith and Chris-
had their confidence. He described a family life that
would make many devoted Latter-day Saints envious.
With all of his neglect of precious things in the gospel
—the Word of Wisdom, worship, church service, and
much more— still in one particular thing, in close ties
with his children, he was obedient to those particular
laws that brought this about.
The farmer either learns respect for the laws of
nature or he will go out of business. He doesn't say
his prayers, meet his obligations in church, and then
leave his land to be plowed, planted, weeded, irri-
gated, and harvested, and his crops to be sold by the
invisible hand of the Lord. Quite the contrary:
he arises from morning prayers and goes to work in
particular ways. If he leaves out one step of his
tian dedication, had made expenditures from my part farming process, such as planting the seed, there is
of the budget without bothering to tell me. We were no harvest.
in the red because we had not obeyed two simple This same logic applies everywhere. We live a
rules of banking: (1) bookkeeping and (2) spending complex life that depends on many laws we must
less than one has. learn to obey. If I don't smoke but beat my wife, I
does not save a student from the consequences of poor study habits.
may be free from lung cancel*, but I shall destroy
I keep a Jersey cow; I don't go to church and
worship the Lord and pay tithing so she will give
more milk. If I want more milk from the cow, then
I should obey the laws on which milk production
depends. I should go to a dairyman and learn what
to feed her; I should milk her regularly, provide
pleasant music, bed her comfortably, and so forth.
I go to church to worship the Lord and to share
spiritual fellowship and service with brothers and
sisters. I pay tithing as a gift to the Lord and his
work— a modest offering for the abundance the Cre-
ator has given to me and mine. Each principle and
practice in the gospel bears its own good fruit.
Many people living in this scientific age look upon
religion as something emotional, ethereal, and out of
touch with reality. I am deeply grateful for the
emphasis in Mormonism on laws and on rationality
in life and in religion. It is true that much in religion
rests on faith and feeling, even as life itself depends
upon and consists of these things that go beyond
reason. Nevertheless, we believe that the gospel
contains laws of life, laws of personal growth, of
human relations, of moral and spiritual living, laws
that are just as valid in their field of operation as are
the laws of nature in the world of natural phenomena.
This law-abiding, rational emphasis in religion re-
ceived marked impetus in the law and the prophets
of the Old Testament. In the law of Moses, the
people were taught to do away with irrational media
as a way of resolving issues.
"There shall not be found among you any one that
maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the
fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times,
or an enchanter, or a witch,
"Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits,
or a wizard, or a necromancer.
"For all that do these things are an abomination
unto the Lord. . . ." (Deut. 18:10-12.)
"And Moses . . . spake unto all Israel, saying, Take
heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become
the people of the Lord thy God.
"Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord
thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes,
which I command thee this day." (Deut. 27:9-10.)
Ancient Israel was slow to learn obedience to the
law. The great prophets of Israel who wrote reiter-
ated the earlier law of Moses and made obedience to
ethical principles between man and man an even
larger part of the religious life:
"O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah,
what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a
morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away."
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also
reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing
thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also
forget thy children." (Hos. 4:6.)
It is peculiarly fitting that with the restored gospel
we again receive the emphasis on the significance of
laws in religion. This is in keeping with the finest
tradition of the Old Testament and is also consistent
in principle with the wisdom of the Greeks and the
world of modern science. The Prophet Joseph Smith
learned that it was not enough even to talk with Deity
and with angels. He and his co-believers must also
organize themselves and become students of the
world the Creator has made, a world of law and
order. This was beautifully portrayed as early as
1832 in Section 88 of Doctrine and Covenants. Note
"And again, verily I say unto you, that which is
governed by law is also preserved by law and per-
fected and sanctified by the same."
"And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto
every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.
"All beings who abide not in those conditions are
"For intelligence cleave th unto intelligence; wisdom
receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth
virtue; light cleaveth unto light. . . ." (D&C 88:34,
. . . the assumption that if we
belong to Christ's
Church, believe in the gospel,
and say our prayers . . .
If obedience to law is fundamental to life and
religion, what of faith and grace? The emphasis on
knowledge and law stressed here need not minimize
or detract from these. Faith itself is a law of life,
congenial to human nature and fundamental to the
whole gospel plan. It is the power to act without
knowing the outcome of one's action. Without faith,
there is no real creation in the realm of the spirit.
But faith is no substitute for knowledge. It should
lead us to knowledge, for obedience to knowledge is
the chief means of realizing our goals, even within
religion. Of what value, for example, is faith in
Christ if it does not lead to repentance, to a covenant
to keep his commandments and live by his laws?
Likewise, there is much grace in the gospel of
Jesus Christ. The Savior himself, under the direction
of the Father, gave us life on earth, the resurrection,
his spirit, his gospel, the promise of forgiveness, and
the gifts of the Holy Ghost and the priesthood. How-
ever, as the Doctrine and Covenants says, "For what
doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him,
and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not
in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in
him who is the giver of the gift." (D&C 88:33.)
Of what value is earth life if we live it out of
harmony with those laws that give it meaning and
make it self-fulfilling? Of what value is forgiveness
if we do not repent and cannot receive it? Of what
value is the light of Christ if we turn away from it
and prefer to live in darkness? Of what value is the
resurrection if we suffer a spiritual death?
Truly, "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in
heaven before the foundations of this world, upon
which all blessings are predicated—
"And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is
by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
Latter-day Saints enjoy no special privileges in the
world of nature or in the universe. The Father
"maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."
Briefly we have discussed some of the problems
that are faced in mortality. In each case the law of
cause and effect has been cited. The keeper of God's
law of health will be benefited even though he has
never heard it called the Word of Wisdom. A driver
who operates his car within the law may never have
trouble even though he has never heard a discussion
on safe driving. For centuries men received the
benefits of obeying the law of gravity before that
law was ever cited and defined. This being true,
men perhaps are reaping the benefits of other laws
that are not yet fully understood. Surely there is
special help that even now comes to us from the
Father: for instance, the healing of the sick through
administration, and the special blessings that come
from the payment of tithes. Each blessing, although
not now fully understood, must surely have its own
cause and effect. "And when we obtain any blessing
from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which
it is predicated." The blessings are there, and there
is a law we must live to receive each of them. O
The Era Asks
This month's interview departs
from our usual style in that the
following questions are a sample
of many that have been voiced
since the inception of the remark-
able family home evening pro-
gram. Responses are from the
combined thought of home evening
committee members. The Era en-
courages any who have questions
concerning home evening to send
us their queries. Questions will
be forwarded to the committee
members, and their responses will
appear periodically in the Era.
Jan | 10
Q — Our family is very active in
the Church and we also take part
in school and community affairs.
How can we find time to add home
evening to our crowded schedule?
A— Time for home evening can be
found only when parents decide
that this time together with their
children is vital. This may well
require reevaluation of present
At a recent gathering of several
couples (the men were members
of a high council), it was found
that only three of the couples
were holding home evening regu-
When these couples were asked
how they found time for home
evening, they said they considered
it too important to let other things
interfere. Once they had made
up their minds to its value, they
had no problem in setting aside
Q — How long should home eve-
A— This depends upon the indi-
vidual family, and the time could
vary from week to week, accord-
ing to the activities. A successful
home evening can be held for very
young children in about 20 min-
Older children and adults may
enjoy a longer period. No good
discussion should be cut off for
the sake of keeping to a rigid
time schedule. Good planning can
shorten the time and heighten the
interest. Parents should be con-
siderate of study schedules of high
school and college students and
plan accordingly. One mother
found the resentment of her teen-
ager toward home evening dis-
appear when she consulted with
him about his ideas regarding the
day and time.
Q — I have difficulty finding time
to make the suggested visual aids.
How important is it to use them?
A— Visual aids have been included
to make the lesson more interest-
ing and to clarify points in such a
way that they will be remembered.
Charts, drawings, and quotes for
the bulletin board have purposely
been kept simple. They can be
done quickly on blackboard, news-
print, or butcher paper. Many busy
parents assign older children to
make the visual aids. Time spent
preparing fancy, complicated
charts and items for the bulletin
board could perhaps be better
spent in developing a clear manner
of presenting the gospel principle
Q — Our family members under-
stand that they must not miss
home evening for trivial reasons.
fully, yet he cannot get good re-
sponse to the questions, particu-
larly from our teenagers. Do teen-
agers naturally resist gospel teach-
ing, or is there some better
method of teaching?
A— Those conducting home evening
should avoid a "lesson" atmosphere.
This should be a happy time to-
gether, a time when gospel prin-
ciples are explored in a friendly,
warm, and informal setting. All
answers to questions should be
accepted with respect. You will
never know what your children
are thinking or how you can help
them with their problems unless
you listen respectfully. One teen-
ager said to a friend: "I wish I
could come to your home evenings
Occasionally one must be absent
for an important reason. How can
we help him feel a part of the
lesson he misses?
A— One mother said that she asks
the absent family member to read
the manual in advance of home
evening and talk over the lesson
with her. During home evening
she gives the contributions of the
absent member, and later, per-
haps the next day, she gives an
account of home evening to him.
Q — In presenting the lesson my
husband follows the manual care-
instead of ours. You have so much
fun and are able to talk about any-
thing with your parents. At our
home evenings I feel that if I don't
answer the questions exactly as
my father wants them answered,
he is disappointed and critical
Q — We have home evening and
carry out the assignments. The
children show some improvement
at the time, but later they slip
back into their old habits. How
can we get better results?
A— Parents need to remember that
learning to live the gospel takes a
lifetime. Patient repetition is re-
quired in the training of children.
The same principle must be taught
over and over so the child hope-
fully will experience putting it into
practice in his own life. Each time
a child has a small experience in
good behavior, he is building good
Q — What is the value of everyone
in the family having his own copy
of each of the standard works?
A— This gives each individual a
personal interest in the scriptures.
It gives experience in finding
references. Also, educational re-
search has shown that reading
combined with hearing leaves a
more lasting memory.
they are certainly too elementary
for us. I think we should read a
good book together or just study
the scriptures.' She then asked
if it would be all right if she were
to give the lesson the following
week, to which I, of course, agreed.
When she presented the lesson,
she left out the material for chil-
dren and talked about the lesson
idea as it applied to us. I felt
challenged and had to agree that
as I tried to carry out the assign-
ment it made a difference in our
home. Since then we have had a
lesson almost every week. We no
longer think, 'How much do we
know about this subject?' but
rather, 'How well are we living it?'
I believe we have had more
Q — We are an older couple, well
versed in the gospel. The lessons
seem to be planned for families.
How can we use them?
A— Each lesson is based upon a
basic gospel truth that can be
applied to the lives of older couples
as well as to the lives of children.
A former bishop, now retired from
his business, said:
"When the home evening manual
first came out, I gave two lessons,
then put the book down in disgust
and said to my wife, 'These may be
fine for families with children, but
spiritual growth during the past
year and a half than during any
other similar period of time in our
Q — What can I do about home
evening if my husband isn't
A— Love and patience on the part
of a wife and mother, along with a
firm desire to have her family
meet together and explore the gos-
pel, have converted many fathers
to family lessons. One mother,
sensing that her husband did not
favor family lessons, talked to him
about taking time to play games,
sing, and just be together as a
family. As part of the entertain-
ment she frequently told stories
from the home evening manual.
Family discussions often followed
the stories. After several weeks,
she suggested to her husband that
he present one of the stories and
gave him the manual from which
to prepare it. After he had read
the story, he read the lesson and,
to his wife's surprise, presented
much of the lesson and the scrip-
ture, as well as the story. This
family now holds regular family
Another father said, "I started
home evening only because it
seemed to be so important to my
wife. At first I was skeptical, but
I have seen the value of getting
together as a family and know that
exploring the gospel together is
helping us all."
Q — My husband is shy about con-
ducting home evening. How can I
A— Many fathers who at first feel
shy about presenting lessons grad-
ually gain confidence. A wife
can help by always recognizing the
father as head of the house and
encouraging him to preside over
the meeting, even though she gives
the lessons, and also by helping
him to take part in the discussions.
One father said, "I never knew
how interested my children would
be in how I felt about things." A
recent survey showed that many
families listed the increased confi-
dence of the husband and father
as one of the benefits of home
evening. In several cases the
father had enough confidence in
himself to accept a position in the
Q — We haven't finished the 1966
lessons. Should we continue these
lessons or skip those we missed
and start with the 1967 manual?
A— It is better to begin with the
1967 lessons. One mother said,
"When my husband and I realized
what we must skip to be current,
we knew that our family would
have profited greatly from the
lessons they missed. We have now
resolved not to get behind."
Q — How can we interest all of our
children in home evening when
their age span is from two to
A— Parents with this situation have
said that it is most important for
the entire family to be together for
a time. Therefore, most of these
families hold a short meeting
planned on the level of the young-
est children. Older children under-
stand that this time is for the
younger ones and are invited to
take part in giving stories, answer-
ing questions, and leading songs to
help teach their younger brothers
and sisters. The older children
enjoy doing this, and they gain
valuable experience. Younger chil-
dren are then excused to play
quietly while the parents and older
children continue by discussing the
lesson ideas on an elevated plane.
Sometimes babies and children are
tucked into bed.
One family has the two older
girls prepare and give a lesson to
the young children prior to the
family meeting. The younger
children then seem to be more
interested in the lesson as it is
presented to the older children.
If the young children become rest-
less, they are allowed to play
quietly in the room or go to their
own rooms to play.
Refreshment time following the
lesson is a time for all members
of the family.
Q — What is a good plan of
preparation for home evening?
A— A recent survey showed that
there are three important steps
common to parents who felt that
their home evenings were extremely
1. Parents read the manual
separately, at a time most con-
venient to each.
2. Parents together discuss the
points their family needs most in
order to adapt material to ages of
the family and to decide on assign-
ments to be made.
3. Assignments are made, includ-
ing such things as stories to be
given, charts and other visual aids
to be made, typing to be done, and
Q — Our teenager is reluctant to
join us in home evening. How can
we get her to participate more
A— Despite their independent atti-
we should not insist. My husband
and I evaluated our relationship
with our son. We discovered that
our only contact with him for the
past several months had been at
times when we were criticizing him
or scolding him for something he
hadn't done. We made opportuni-
ties to talk with him, to show
interest in something he was doing.
We made it a point not to criticize
him in anger nor to belittle him,
but to talk over things that needed
correction in a matter-of-fact way.
I made his favorite dessert for him
and told him how much I enjoyed
doing things for him. Several
months later when I asked him if
he wanted to join us in home
evening, he said, 'Sure, Mom, if you
tudes, teenagers need frequent re-
assurance that they are loved and
needed by their parents and other
family members. One mother said,
"Our 18-year-old son made excuses
to be away from home the first two
times we held family night. The
third time he was at home, studying
in his room. When I asked him to
join us, he refused, saying he was
busy— and besides, we didn't need
him. My husband thought we
should force him to attend, but
something in the way he had said
you don't need me' made me think
really want me.' "
Q — How can we avoid home
evening's becoming just another
A— Home evenings should not have
the atmosphere of a formal lesson.
Rather than an academic discus-
sion, parents should help family
members see how a gospel prin-
ciple fits into their lives. But
there is also a place for dialogue
between family members on the
meaning and depth of the princi-
ple. Most important, this allows
parents a feedback from youth
concerning their understanding of
the principle. Through activities
and discussion in a friendly home
atmosphere, family members can
come to a clearer understanding of
the principle and decide how they
can best use it in their lives.
Emphasis should be on living the
Q — How can we get family in-
volvement and participation?
A— Each lesson should be adapted
to the individual family. If the
family is a couple, they might
alternate giving the lesson. In a
larger family there are many op-
portunities for participation. As-
signments could include leading
the singing, giving the prayers,
telling stories, reading scriptures,
making charts and other visual
aids, preparing refreshments, and
getting the room ready. Those con-
ducting should always try to in-
clude everyone in the discussion
and other activities, being particu-
larly sensitive to those who are shy
or uncomfortable in a group dis-
cussion. A family member's en-
thusiasm for home evening is often
in proportion to his involvement.
Q — We enjoy getting together as a
family, but we would rather spend
the time playing musical instru-
ments than giving regular lessons.
Is there any objection to this?
A— Spending time together in an
enjoyable way is a blessing to any
family and an important part of
home evening. However, for par-
ents to fulfill their responsibilities
to their children and to do as the
Lord commanded, they must teach
their children the gospel. The home
evening manual has been written
as an aid to parents in order that
they might teach basic gospel prin-
ciples to their families in a clear
and orderly way. An effort has
been made to include activities
that would help supply social needs
of the family and make home
evening an enjoyable learning
One parent said: "We had our
own ideas about how we could
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best teach the gospel to our chil-
dren. After making our plans and
trying them out for several weeks,
we found it very difficult to find
the time to make our own lessons
effective. We turned to the home
evening manual and were delighted
with the results. We know now
that we are not in a position to
prepare a course for our family
because of the tremendous research
and detail required."
Q — Should two or more families
meet together for home evening?
A— Generally speaking, home eve-
ning is more successful when each
family meets by itself. This is a
time for families to talk about their
problems, explore the meaning of
the gospel principles, and decide
how they can better live the gospel
idea presented. Families that have
met with neighbors or relatives
report that children are not com-
fortable in this situation and will
not ask questions or give state-
ments as freely as when they meet
in their own individual family.
However, the activity lessons may
be an excellent opportunity to join
with other families, o
The Uncertain Promise
• Betty Carlson was looking straight at the ceiling, Betty stood in the Relief Society room beside Tom.
but she wasn't seeing it. From her hospital bed, Her parents and friends were seated quietly by. The
she was really looking at her memories. Becky, her bishop made a genuine effort to make the ceremony
tiny newborn daughter, lay snuggled in her arms, impressive. (He had said something in his pre-
Although the baby was red and scrawny and "all liminary remarks about temple marriage.) She was
mouth," as Tom had said, she was fine and already remembering the long, white train, the lace-trimmed,
beginning to gain weight. full-length dress, the bouquet, the ring.
It seemed such a short time, just a year ago, since It had been a good year. They had moved into
Illustrated by Trevor Southey
By G. Morris Rowley
The Era welcomes back to its pages G. Morris Rowley, author
of "Summer of Decision" (May 1964), one of the best-loved
Era stories. President Rowley is first counselor in the
Murray South Stake presidency and coordinator of elementary
education for the State of Utah.
their new home, and the insurance business had
Now Betty remembered Tom's return from the
service. What a soldier! What a car! What a
romance! When he came home her teaching career
gradually reduced in significance as her interest in a
life with Tom became more and more important.
And three months to the day after his return, they
were married. Now, a year later, little Becky stepped
into the picture.
"Becky. My child," she thought. "It isn't easy to
get used to the idea. My baby!" She almost said
Moments before she was aware of it, Tom had
entered the room. He stood there, silent, just look-
ing at her. At length she felt his presence, turned,
and stretched her arms out toward him. .
"Hi, darling," she said.
Tom stuffed his cigarette in the ash tray and
kissed her gently.
"You're getting out of here today," he said. "I
have your release right here in my pocket. And I
hate to think what it cost our insurance."
"You're kidding. We're not worth it."
"Well, they threw the baby in, too. That way made
it quite a bargain."
Betty was serious now. She looked straight at
Tom. "Honey, I love you," she said.
"I love you, too," he said, "and I'm going to spend
most of my days trying to prove it. Betty, I'd do
anything for you."
Though she didn't answer immediately, Betty's smile
and her radiant eyes betrayed her feelings. Then
she turned away as her thoughts clouded her spirits
"Tom . . ."
"Tom, I don't want you to take what I'm going to
"OK. I'll do my best to understand."
She drew a sort of long breath and then— "Tom, I
want Becky forever."
"Betty, what do you mean? Is the baby sick or
"No, she's fine."
"Then what are you saying?"
"Just before you came I was lying here trying to
make myself realize that little Becky is here and is
really mine— ours. And just as I had about con-
vinced myself, a thought came to me— the baby isn't
really ours! Tom, please take us to the temple."
Tom sat back on his chair. "Oh, that."
"Darling, don't brush it off. At this moment I want
that more than anything in the whole world. I don't
want to take advantage of the lovely words you just
said to me."
"You know. That you'd do anything for us."
"Yeah, but I meant . . ."
"I know what you meant. You've been wonderful
to me. No one could ask for a sweeter, kinder, more
loving, lovable husband. That's why I want you,
and Becky, for always and always."
There was no rebuttal. Tom was caught. "All
right," he heard himself saying; "for you, I'll do it! I
promised I'd take you to the temple in order to get
married in the first place."
Again there were tears in Betty's eyes and in her
voice as she said, "Thank you, Tom."
Tom Carlson was not easily diverted from an
avowed purpose, but the task now facing him was
a web of complications. He sat in his office and
fidgeted with a pencil. It was unusual for his mind
to be this far away from prospect lists, weekly
schedules, clients, and appointments. The truth was,
he hadn't thought much about insurance all morning.
He had a vague notion of what people had to do to
enter the temple, but there were a thousand little
things that looked to him like impossibilities. How-
was he going to quit smoking? He hadn't had a
cigarette this morning, but he had caught his hand
automatically, subconsciously reaching for the pack
that was still in his shirt pocket. What do you do
about the coffee break? He wasn't sure how to handle
the comments of the other fellows. He himself had
more than once given a bad time to others who had
How had he gotten himself into all of this? As a
boy he had been active in the Church. He thought
about passing the sacrament and gathering fast offer-
ings, going ward teaching, and attending meetings.
Then he entered the service. He thought of the
chain of events that followed: the uncouth sergeant,
the shocks he'd received as he heard the filthy lan-
guage, saw the free flow of beer and liquor among
the men off the post, listened to the accounts of the
fellows returning from weekend passes. He lived
again the loneliness he had experienced as an 18-year-
old enlistee. In some ways homesickness is the
worst sickness, and loneliness in a crowd is the worst
kind of loneliness. Letters from Mom were regular
and reassuring, but no one else back home had time
for him. They forgot quickly. He remembered how
the first cup of coffee, then the cigarette, seemed to
break down the barriers between himself and the other
fellows. After that they seemed to accept him as
one of them, as an adult, a man among men.
Coming home to face Mom wasn't easy. It was
not easy yet to remember the haunted look on her
face when she discovered the smell of tobacco on his
breath. But she was understanding.
She'd be pleased now to know he had decided to
quit smoking and to start going to church. But how?
How do you walk away from a fishing rod and golf
clubs and put on a suit on Sunday morning? How
do you face the stares and side-glances or the glad
hands of men who tell you how glad they are to see
you on Sunday but who never know you any other
time? Do you just walk in and hope they won't
see you? I can't! I can't! He almost said it aloud.
During the last frantic thought his reflexes had taken
a cigarette out, lit it, and he was tugging on it
frantically. Now, discovering what he had done, he
squashed the cigarette in the ash tray.
"What's the matter with you, Carlson?" It was
"I've been watching you for ten minutes, and I'll
bet you weren't concentrating that hard on insurance.''
It was difficult to keep things from Les, Tom
thought. "Matter of fact, I was thinking about Betty."
"Say, how are Betty and the baby, anyway?"
"Just fine. I brought them home from the hospital
yesterday. They've got me over a barrel, though."
"Oh? What's up?"
"Betty made me promise to take her to the temple."
"Well, all I can say for you is, 'Good luck!' Joan's
been after me all the years we've been married. But
that's not the worst! It costs you money, too."
"What do you mean?"
"You've got to pay tithing."
"That's not too bad. I used to pay tithing all the
"Oh, I guess it's all right if you can afford it,"
Les continued. "And maybe it's not the money as
much as it is the pressure."
"What do you mean, pressure?"
"Well, Joan, the bishop, and the ward teachers
decided I was going to 'get religion' or else. So, they
all sat me down in the living room and outlined the
can get just as close to him on a trout stream as in
Tom agreed. "Sometimes a lot closer. That's what
bothers me, Les. Some of these guys who go to church
don't know any more about the Lord than I do. At
least they don't act like it."
"You can say that again. There's nothing that gets
to me like a hypocrite. Well, like I say— lots of luck,
At 11:30 that morning Betty had decided it was
time to rest. "You can say all you want about getting
around the third day but I feel like an unstarched
shirt," she told her mother, who was helping her.
Mrs. Anderson adjusted the big rocker for her
daughter. "My, I'm glad I have a grandchild before
I'm 45. I'm still young enough to enjoy her."
"And to be a great help, too. I hope you know
how much I appreciate it."
"That's what mothers— grandmothers— are for."
As they laughed together the doorbell rang. "Don't
get up, dear. I'll get it." Mrs. Anderson returned
quickly. "It's a Mr. Merrill. He says he has come
to welcome you home."
"Oh, it's Brother Merrill. He's our ward teacher."
"I don't want to disturb you, Sister Carlson," Brother
Merrill said, as he entered the living room. "I thought
,a s mean more than I do-
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goi ng .
program. I was to stop smoking, quit drinking coffee,
pay tithing, go to priesthood meeting, go to sacrament
meeting— in other words, I was to give up everything
I enjoy doing and do everything I don't like to do. I
could go along with them on cigarettes and coffee.
I've wished a million times I could quit them. But
when it comes to giving up my Sundays, that's going
too far. I believe in God all right, but I figure a man
I ought to come and give that young lady a proper
welcome into this world."
"Brother Merrill," Betty broke in, "this is my mother,
June Anderson. Mother, this is Brother Merrill."
"It's so nice of you to come." June extended her
hand. "Won't you come and see what we have
Brother Merrill moved to the bassinet, and his eyes
softened as he half whispered, "Beautiful. Just beauti-
ful. What are you going to call her?"
"Becky," he echoed. "That's the right name for
"Brother Merrill, I have great news for you. Tom
has promised to take us to the temple."
Brother Merrill smiled his approval and said, "I am
so happy for you."
"We owe you a lot," Betty said. "You've been very
helpful and understanding. What do we have to do
to get ready?"
Brother Merrill briefly outlined the requirements
for a temple recommend and then suggested, "It
would be well to get an appointment with the bishop,
tell him your problems, and ask for his counsel."
At this point Tom opened the front door. "Any-
body home?" he called.
"Tom, what are you doing home?" asked Betty.
"Well, it's noon, and young, growing boys need
nourishment! Besides, since there's something other
than emptiness in the house, I thought I'd come home
for a snack." He kissed her, then held out his hand
to the visitor. "How are you, Brother Merrill?"
"I'm fine, Tom. How are you? I just dropped by
to welcome young Becky into the world and the ward.
She's a beauty, Tom."
"Tom," Betty broke in, "I've told Brother Merrill
we're going to the temple, and he suggests that we
make an appointment with the bishop."
Tom turned to Brother Merrill and asked, "What
"Well," Brother Merrill was careful with his words,
"as you know, you have to have a recommend to
enter the temple, and the bishop must help you de-
termine whether or not you are ready for the bless-
ings and responsibilities connected with the temple."
"That's something of a formality, isn't it?" Tom
"No, Tom. This is very important. The highest
blessings the Lord can offer come from covenants
made in .the temple and kept throughout our lives."
Brother Merrill's expression was serious and confident
as he looked straight at Tom. "But I am sure that
when you go, you'll be ready, and you'll keep your
promises." Without giving Tom a chance to reply,
Brother Merrill continued. "Since you are not very
well acquainted with Bishop Lowe, suppose I call him
and make an appointment for you."
"OK," Tom agreed.
Brother Merrill made the call and the appointment
As Betty sat in the foyer of the chapel waiting for
Tom to come from the bishop's office, she was aware
of a warm feeling of satisfaction. A dream, or was it
just a hope, was to be realized, and she was happy.
It seemed that they were taking a long time in
there. She hoped Tom hadn't shifted the conversa-
tion to insurance. If that had happened, there was
no telling how long they might be. At length Tom
came from the office. Betty was apprehensive as she
noted a strangely grave expression on his face. He
was quiet on the way home, and her fears and appre-
Then they sat in the living room, each seeming to
wait for the other to break the silence. Finally Betty
"Tom, what is it?"
"Nothing, I guess."
"I know there's something. You usually feel better
when you talk."
"I guess I'm disappointed."
"About what, darling?" She moved over to him and
took his hand. "The bishop?"
"No— no one could be offended by him. I suppose
I wasn't ready for what he told me, that's all."
"We'll have to wait at least six months while I whip
the cigarettes. We'll need to pay our tithing, go to
church, study, and I don't know what else."
"I expected all that, didn't you?"
Tom hadn't. He had vaguely expected a routine
interview and a recommend. But the fact was, Tom
was afraid. He was afraid of the fellows in the
office, true, but most of all, he was afraid of himself.
He was facing a new kind of life, a life that was awe-
some, vague, uncertain.
"You'd think he'd trust me. I told him I'd quit
smoking. I told him I'd pay my tithing. But he said
we'd both need to be sure."
After a moment Betty said, "Tom, what you prom-
ised Bishop Lowe is not easy to do. You will need
some time. But you'll do it. I know you will."
Tom held her hand tight. He was looking away.
"Thanks, Betty. I'll try . . ."
And for one week he did try. He endured the un-
certain trembling hands, the nagging of his nerves,
the watery feeling in his stomach as his body cried
out for tobacco. He was feeling a little more sure of
himself. Sunday morning he went to priesthood meet-
ing and was greeted by men who seemed friendly. It
wasn't as bad as he had expected.
But Monday morning the pressure was on again.
Competition among the sales force was keen. And
some of the men were not above making remarks of
doubtful sincerity. When was Betty going to get off
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go without coffee or cigarettes? By 4:00 p.m. he
had had it! He jerked out the drawer in which he
had put his cigarettes, fumbled one from the pack,
lighted it with unsteady hands, and inhaled. It made
his head a little light and his stomach turn over.
The hurt on Betty's face was unmistakable as she
discovered the odor of tobacco. She didn't cry, at
least not in front of Tom, but she could not hide her
deep disappointment. Tom didn't try to explain, but
he assured her that he was just trying to "taper off."
"You can't taper off," she said. "You have to quit."
Tom knew she was right. He did go on trying, but
pressures were great, and again and again he slipped
back into the old habits. He found it uncomfortable
to go to church when he had been smoking, and so
he made excuses to keep from it. And thus the six
In the meantime, Betty had been called to be a
teacher in Primary. Tom was pleased at first, but
he felt lonesome and a little imposed upon when
Betty attended faculty meeting on those few evenings
he was home from selling. He couldn't quite under-
stand his own resentment, but it was real. Then, too,
Betty was asked to attend sacrament meeting and
often coaxed Tom to go with her. To Tom, this
bordered on nagging, and he resented it.
On Friday evening Tom came home moody and
defensive after a meeting in which the bishop told
him the recommend date had to be postponed. He
hoped Betty wouldn't ask him about the interview.
She didn't. She didn't need to.
The phone rang while they were at dinner, and
Tom answered it. "How are you, Les? . . . Tomorrow?
. . . Oh, I don't know. Nothing too pressing, I guess.
Why? . . . Beaver Lake? Yeh, and I heard Mel Chad-
wick say they are really biting. We could take the
boat, some grub and equipment, and stay a couple
of days. It would really recharge the old battery.
I need it!"
Betty's heart sank. Another Sunday fishing spree.
Then she heard Tom saying, "I don't know whether
I can talk her into it or not. I'll see you about nine."
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"I heard you say you'd go."
"Well, won't you go with me?"
"Are you going to be gone over Sunday?"
"Well, yes. It's a long way. We can't go up and
"Tom, you know that I can't feel right about going
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is breaking one of the laws of the Lord." She was
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Now Tom was angry. He didn't want to hurt her,
but he felt a great urge to strike back.
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mean more to you than I do, you'd better stay and
set your example. I just hope you don't get so good
that you can't stand to have me around."
Betty was crushed. She couldn't resist the tears
any longer. She closed the bedroom door behind her,
threw herself across the bed, and spilled out her grief
in deep sobs. Tom didn't come in until long after
she was asleep. (To be continued)
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• We have talked a lot about family home evenings,
but I suppose it is somewhat like Mark Twain is
popularly credited with saying about the weather:
"We talk a lot about the weather, but we don't seem
to do anything about it."
However, we have never had absent from our
minds the responsibilities the Lord has placed upon
the parents in the home in the teaching of their
children. You recall what the Lord said:
"And again, inasmuch as parents have children in
Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that
teach them not to understand the doctrine of re-
pentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God,
and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the
By Elder Harold B. Lee
Of the Council of the Twelve
llustrated by Ted Nagata
laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin
be upon the heads of the parents. . . .
"And they shall also teach their children to pray,
and to walk uprightly before the Lord." (D&C 68:25,
28. ) The home evening program gives strength to the
teaching of the family in the home.
From a letter sent out to the Church in 1915 over
the signatures of Presidents Joseph F. Smith, Anthon
H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose, I quote: ". . . we
advise and urge the inauguration of a 'Home Evening'
throughout the Church, at which time fathers and
mothers may gather their boys and girls about them
in the home, and teach them the word of the Lord. . . .
This 'Home Evening' should be devoted to prayer,
singing hymns, songs, instrumental music, scripture-
reading, family topics and specific instructions on the
principles of the Gospel, and on the ethical problems
of life, as well as the duties and obligations of children
to parents, the home, the Church, society, and the
Nation." (The Improvement Era, June 1915, p. 733.)
Then, to those who would put this family home
4^ evening into practice, the Presidency made this
*^L promise: "If the Saints obey this counsel, we promise
that great blessings will result. Love at home and
obedience to parents will increase. Faith will be
developed in the hearts of the youth of Israel, and
they will gain power to combat the evil influences
and temptations which beset them." (Ibid., p. 734.)
President Joseph F. Smith, in commenting about
the responsibility of parents in teaching their children,
said: "Do not let your children out to specialists in
these things, but teach them by your own precept
and example, by your own fireside. Be a specialist
yourself in the truth. Let our meetings, schools and
organizations, ... be supplements to our teachings
and training in the home. Not one child in a hundred
would go astray, if the home environment, example
and training, were in harmony with the truth in the
gospel of Christ, as revealed and taught to the Latter-
day Saints." (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine,
p. 302. )
About this same matter President Wilford Wood-
ruff said: "Ninety-nine out of every hundred children
who are taught by their parents the principles of
honesty and integrity, truth and virtue, will observe
them through life." (Discourses of Wilford Woodruff,
And then from President Heber J. Grant: "The Lord
has said it is our duty to teach our children in their
youth. ... It is folly to imagine that our children
will grow up with a knowledge of the gospel without
teaching. ... I may know that the gospel is true,
and so may my wife; but I want to tell you that our
children will not know that the gospel is true, unless
they study it and gain a testimony for themselves.
Parents are deceiving themselves in imagining that
their children will be born with a knowledge of
the gospel." (Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards,
Some definite steps have been taken to strengthen
parents in carrying out this great God-given admoni-
tion of teaching the gospel in the home. A set of
lessons, one for each week throughout the year, is
given to parents, so they may teach the gospel to
their family. These lessons can be adapted to fit
every age in the home. These weekly home lessons
help us correlate with the priesthood instruction and
the Relief Society lessons. Thus, as fathers are taught
in priesthood meetings, mothers in Relief Society
meetings, and the family studies the gospel in the
family home evening, all of this works together to
assist parents in strengthening home relationships.
As I have thought of home night, I have thought
of my own family. When our older daughter was
to be married to a fine Latter-day Saint boy, the
two mothers were talking to each other, and the
mother of our older daughter said, "You know, from
the time my little girl was born, I have been praying
all my life that somewhere a mother would be pre-
paring a son worthy to marry my daughter." And
this other mother smiled and said, "Isn't that strange?
This is my only son who is being married to your
daughter and ever since he was born, I, too, have been
praying that somewhere there would be a mother
preparing a daughter worthy to meet and to marry
my son." That is the kind of home attention that
will make us and our homes stronger today.
As I think of family home evening and its possible
impact, the words of the Prophet Micah come to mind:
"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the
mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established
in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted
above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and
let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the
house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of
his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law
shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord
from Jerusalem." (Mic. 4:1-2.)
I say to you Latter-day Saint mothers and fathers,
if you will rise to the responsibility of teaching your
children in the home—priesthood quorums preparing
the fathers, and Relief Society the mothers— the day
will dawn when the whole world will come to our
doors and say, "Show us your way, that we may walk
in your path."0
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Work in the
By Elder Ezra Taft Benson
Of the Council of the Twelve
• The greatest work in all the world is the building
of men and women of character. Without character,
there is not much that's worthwhile, because char-
acter is the one thing we take with us from this world
into the next. The greatest activity of our Heavenly
Father is the saving and exaltation of all his children.
I have visited in forty-five nations and have come
away knowing that most of our Father's children
essentially are good. Many of them live under bad
and atheistic leadership. But they want to live in
peace and to be good neighbors. They love their
homes; they want to raise their standard of living, to
do what's right. I know our Father loves them.
I am convinced, as was President Wilford Wood-
ruff, that the Lord held in the spirit world for 6,000
years some of the choicest spirits of all times, that^;
they might come forth in this day when the gospel
is upon the earth and when the Church has been
restored, that they might help to build up the king-
dom in preparation for the second coming of the
Messiah. Many of these choicest spirits are young
people born under the covenant, into Latter-day
But the adversary has never been so well organized
and has never had so many emissaries and representa-
tives as he has today. The enemy of righteousness
'From a talk given at the 1966 MIA June Conference. Illustrated by Richard Brown
tfvunicates with them?
is supported by millions of people, and he has a most
powerful and effective program to lead our youth
astray. The big question of our time is, who reaches
youth today? Who communicates with them? Par-
ents? Schoolteachers? Civil officials? Community
leaders? Any adults? In too many cases, these peo-
ple are having trouble talking to— as well as listening
to— young people. Into this void steps the Mutual
Improvement Associations, recognizing teens for
what they are: growing individuals seeking to estab-
lish their identity, find themselves, and build upon
sound intellectual and spiritual foundations. We have
a program that should reach them. Yet the enemy
is insidious. He uses devious methods and is clear
Recently, while browsing through several newly
published books, I read one titled The Great Deceit,
a study of America's foundation by a group of
prominent Harvard University graduates. It opens
with this shocking statement: "We are living in a most
perplexing period of human history. Moral, legal,
and social attitudes seem to have undergone a drastic
change. Human values that have developed over
thousands of years have been discarded or drastically
altered. Attitudes as to what is right or wrong have
become uncertain. Individual thrift in storing up for
the future has been converted from a fine virtue into
a social evil. Individual initiative and personal
ability are labeled as anti-social acts. The building
up of private enterprise is pictured as exploitation and
economic piracy. Our founding fathers are smeared.
Fabian Socialists have twisted American history and
are carrying on a successful war against human liberty.
We are faced with political wolves in sheep's
In a recent article entitled "Turbulence on the
Campus," J. Edgar Hoover says, "According to the
latest statistics there are 4,500,000 full-time students
enrolled in more than 2,000 institutions of higher
learning. A high percentage of these young people
are serious and concerned. They know they live in a
world of change, challenge, and conflict, where their
very best will be required. There is in today's campus
turbulence a new style in conspiracy, a conspiracy that
is extremely subtle and devious and hence difficult
to understand. It is a conspiracy reflected by ques-
tionable moods and attitudes.
"Often called the new leftist conspiracy, it has utter
disrespect for ' law, contempt for institutions of free
government, and disdain for spiritual and moral values.
"As parents and teachers, you should know more
about this new-style perversion that is erupting in
civil disobedience and encouraging young people to
mock the law. Every town and every teacher must
recognize the absolute need of instructing and guid-
ing our young people to respect the law and to
realize that freedom does not mean license, that with
citizen's rights go corresponding duties. We want our
young people to be good citizens, able to think for
themselves, to have personal convictions, but we want
them to be loyal to our constitutional principles and
the democratic traditions that have molded this
I recently received a letter from a bishop who is a
father, a farmer and rancher, and a former state
official. He writes, "I am shocked at the brainwash-
ing our own Latter-day Saint children seem to be
getting from our teachers. This is my second experi-
ence this month in which conservative speakers have
been heckled by high school students, coached by
teachers who have given them loaded questions to
ask. Karl Prussian, a former counter-spy for the
FBI for fourteen years, was given a bad time by these
high school teenagers."
The bishop reports that these young people made
the following statements in a discussion: Communism
is an improvement over capitalism. The U. S. Consti-
tution is archaic; it's out of date. A one- world setup
governed by the United Nations would be a step
forward. When the question of religious freedom
came up, one student asked, "Who is God? Did you
ever see him?"
The bishop continues: "These are a few of the
questions and statements and attitudes that appear
to be from nice, clean-cut young Americans in a small
town rural high school. Can there be any doubt as
to the source of this philosophy? Yet if you label
it part of the so-called Communist conspiracy, you are
regarded as a wild-eyed fanatic who sees a Com-
munist behind every door. These teachers invite
Communist speakers, encourage the study of Com-
munist authors, and are exposing the students to
Communist culture and doctrine as they extol it under
the guise of social progress and reform."
From the fifth grade through the fourth year of
college, our young people are being indoctrinated
with a Marxist philosophy, and I am fearful of the
harvest. The younger generation is further to the
left than most adults realize. The old concepts of
our founding fathers are scoffed and jeered at by
young moderns whose goals appear to be the de-
struction of integrity and virtue, and the glorification
of pleasure, thrills, and self-indulgence.
America is asleep. So are its churches and its
patriotic organizations, for the most part. It's already
too late, I am afraid, to stem the fearsome, awesome
power of Marx and Lenin now so apparent in our
government, our schools, the United Nations, many
Protestant churches, the press, radio, TV, and other
The president of one of our great independent
educational institutions sent me an article, "Today's
Three Horsemen," which says: "Certain soldiers of
public opinion in America who call themselves liberal
in politics and economics and religion have virtually
canonized and glorified three men who have lived
within the hundred years since 1866. All three wrote
books. One, Charles Darwin, with his origin of the
species, gained a worldwide attention in the 1850's.
This was the period also in which another of the
three, Karl Marx, published the Communist Manifesto
and Das Kapital. The third, John Maynard Keynes,
entered the liberal throne room years later with his
book The General Theory on Economics"
The growing influence of these three men is visible
in all segments of American life today. The influence
is not all powerful, but it has penetrated some of the
vital centers of our government, educational system,
and church life. If the doctrines of these three men
were to become the basic philosophy of our way of
life, we as a people would fail as has no other genera-
tion before us since the days of Noah.
Another item that has come to my attention is the
narrative part of the filmstrip on the Berkeley revolu-
tion, which says, "While most Americans have been
watching television, others have been busy imple-
menting plans to use America's most priceless natural
resource, its youth, to knowingly or unknowingly
become the tools for fermenting the destruction of &
the American way of life. Successful Communist
exploitation and manipulation of youth and student
groups throughout the world today are a major chal-
lenge that free world forces must meet and defeat.
Recent world events clearly reveal that world Com-
munism has launched a massive campaign to capture
and maneuver youth and student groups."
Young people are the key to success in any move-
ment, good or bad, for they are idealistic, bold, and
vigorous. The author of the script quotes from the
early leaders of the Communist movement to show
that books have even been published on how to get
control of the young people in the world.
This is just some of the evidence indicating that
our young people and leaders of youth today face
challenges the likes of which they have never before
Now, what will we do about it? Most importantly,
we have this great Church, the one church that stands
up in support of the inspired Constitution of America
and the basic concepts embodied in that document.
Our church has not in any way lowered its standards.
First, let's set our homes and our own lives in
order. Let us as leaders be what we want our youth
to be. They need fewer critics and more models.
Jan 1 26
V& They should know what the prophets have said.
They should know that all is not well in Zion. They
should not become lulled away into a false security.
They should become alerted and informed about the
greatest evil in this world, the greatest threat to the
Church and to youth: the godless socialist-Communist
I appeal to our young people to keep their eye on
the Prophet, to heed his counsel, to read what he
says, to read his messages in The Improvement Era,
to read his most recent statement on Communism.
Leaders of youth, teach our young people to love
freedom, to know that it is God-given. Teach them
that the greatest evil in this world is to destroy the
Church of God. Teach them that truth is eternal,
that time is on the side of truth, and that they should
not be afraid to stand up for truth. Teach them to
love their country, to know that it has a spiritual
foundation, that it has a prophetic history, that it is
the Lord's base of operation.
Teach them that the Constitution of America was
established by men whom God raised up for that
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an old-fashioned agrarian document, as some men in
high places are calling it today. Teach them to love
the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon.
Teach them to form an acquaintance with Nephi,
Alma, and General Moroni. Teach them to know the
power of prayer, that they can reach out and tap
that unseen power, without which help no man can
do his best. Teach them the need for spirituality,
whether they are in the classroom or employed.
But above all, teach them to know that God lives,
that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of
the world, that these two heavenly beings, our Father
and our Savior Jesus Christ, did in very deed appear
to the boy prophet in the Sacred Grove. Teach them
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• One time when Ira and his wife,
Christine, began their home eve-
ning, Ira said to the family, "To
learn what we are going to talk
about, open your Bibles to Mat-
thew 22:36-39. Lisa, read those
verses for us."
Lisa found the place. "Oh, no,"
she moaned. "How boring. I've
learned those verses before." And
she began to chant them in a sing-
"Don't think you're so smart,"
chided Greg. "I know them, too.
We had them once before in home
evening." He picked up her
rhythm and chanted with her.
As they reached the last sentence,
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
thyself," each was trying to yell
above the other, and Lisa said to
Greg, "Why can't you be still?
Daddy didn't ask you; he asked
me." Each gave the other a hate-
ful look. They continued through-
out the discussion to take verbal
jabs at each other, and the
home evening was not a happy
Ira was discouraged. When they
were alone, he said to Christine,
"This home evening manual is no
good for us; we need doctrine the
children aren't so familiar with.
Maybe they're getting all they need
at seminary and other church
"I don't understand it either,"
Christine replied. "You know how
enthusiastic Mark and Edith Blake
are about their home evenings, and
their children are about the same
ages as ours."
"Why don't you call Edith to-
morrow and see what happened to
them with this same lesson?" re-
The next evening Christine said
to her husband, "I called Edith
Blake and we talked about the
home evening for a long time. She
said they used to have the same
problem until they changed their
"Some of their children also knew
those verses in Matthew, but their
father pointed out that Jesus' mes-
sage was not only that we can
repeat the law of love, but that we
love each other and show that we
do by our actions. They discussed
some of their actions and deter-
mined whether each action showed
love or antagonism toward another.
They concluded that their attitudes
toward each other in the home
don't yet measure up to Christ's
law of love. They worked out
ways to change. Edith said that
even she and Mark could see that
their own attitudes toward each
other and the children were not
always motivated by love.
"After I talked with her, I
studied the lesson we had last night
and also read the foreword in the
manual. I can see where we have
been making a mistake. We have
been teaching our family the doc-
trines of the Church so they would
be sure to know them. But that
doesn't seem to be the idea of the
home evening. A principle of the
gospel is given, and we are to de-
cide how much it is influencing
our own conduct and work out with
our family specific procedures that
each of us is going to use to im-
prove. During the week we work
on the plans we made."
Ira was listening thoughtfully. "I
see," he said. "We don't judge our
need of a home evening by how
well we know the doctrine but by
how nearly we are obeying it in
our home. The emphasis is on
doing. Christine, let's have that
same lesson next week, and I'm
going to be prepared. Greg and
Lisa showed last night that they
"That's right," answered Chris-
tine, and then she added with a
twinkle, "and as good as you and
I are, I can think of times when our
actions have shown that we need
The story of Ira and Christine
is true; only the names have been
changed. It is repeated here be-
cause it reveals a common problem
in home evening experience. The
course for 1967 is on the laws of
God. Most of the laws are al-
ready known verbally; the chal-
lenge is to obey each of them as
Christ said we should.
It is easier to defend a law of
God and fight for it than it is to
live it. Most people have faults
and weaknesses that are contrary
to the teachings of Christ. The
tendency of the average person is
to harbor and protect his failings
and to pretend they are not there.
A weekly class at church can give
its members an understanding of
a gospel truth on their own age
level. This is a worthwhile con-
tribution, since no one is likely to
obey a law of God or which he has
no knowledge. However, the value
of knowing a truth is in living it.
No teacher can follow each class
member throughout the week to see
that his behavior corresponds to
the principle he was taught.
Only in the home can knowledge
of a law of God be successfully
translated into the day-by-day liv-
ing of that law. In the home, fam-
ily members are not trying to
impress each other; they do not
hide their inner feelings behind a
front; they do not pretend to be
what they are not. Here a person's
actions reveal his true self and
indicate the kind of help and
guidance he needs. Parents are
with the child every day. They
love him enough to remind him,
encourage him, and set an exam-
ple for him in helping him to
overcome his faults and build
character habits in harmony with
the teachings of Jesus Christ.
This is a responsibility the home
cannot delegate. The home has
more influence on family members
than have all other agencies com-
bined. Whether or not parents
like it or realize it, they are teach-
ing their children constantly. In
everything they say and do, par-
ents are teaching their children
either to obey the laws of God
or to break them.
President McKay has frequently referred to home as heaven on
earth. Home is heaven on earth to the degree that the gospel of Jesus
Christ is lived there. When members of a family break a law of God—
for example, when they show antagonism toward each other instead
of love— the home is no longer a heaven on earth.
The family home evening as outlined by the Church will help every
individual— the young, the middle aged, the old— to live the laws of
God more fully if each person puts forth conscious effort every day to
make his actions conform to a truth he has learned. O
Letter to a Serviceman
Hi, friend. Hope this finds you well and enjoying
as best you can these first months in your career in
behalf of our country's cause. I expect you are find-
ing it a bit rough, but take it from an old military
hand, the lumps you swallow aren't as bad as you
first think they are. It's something you have to learn
to live with.
I was visiting your family the other night, getting
caught up on things, and they mentioned that they
didn't know how active in the Church you are in the
service. It came up casually in the conversation, but
I take it pretty big, because I love you like my own
son. Scot, I know the service and all the angles
involved. Because of that, let me tell you something
about a fellow just like you.
A Navy friend, on the way to Pearl Harbor, joined
with other LDS fellows in a sacrament meeting, and
participated in blessing the sacrament. He was a
fine, clean-cut kid. He made many friends aboard
ship. One of them was a much older sailor who
"knew all the ropes." The younger fellow soon fol-
lowed him like a pup. When they got to Pearl
Harbor, the younger fellow went ashore with the
older man and they did the town together.
When they were out to sea again the boy developed
venereal disease. He was charged with misconduct
and confined to the ship. The boy was shocked
beyond belief. He didn't know what to do. A chap-
lain soon came down to see him. The boy said, "What
happened? I'm confined, and I have a disease that
will affect a marriage when I meet the right girl and
possibly children yet unborn." He knew— as he had
never known before— what one's companions can mean
to a person.
Now Scot, why all this? I'll tell you why. In the
service you can either select the right companions,
go to church, and be instrumental in spreading the
gospel by setting an example and talking about it—
or you can follow the pack.
A fellow doesn't defile himself in one jump. Not
even that Navy boy. It's the little steps that gradu-
ally get bigger and bigger. Pretty soon the other
fellows look to you like "regular guys" who'll do
anything for a dare or a laugh. Then one day you'll
hear another Mormon trying to teach the gospel to
someone and the other fellow will say, "Aw, you
Mormons are hypocrites. I have a buddy who is
LDS, and he drinks, smokes, and all the rest. He
claims to be a priest! So don't tell me about the
And do you know something? He's pointing at
you. Soon you realize that you not only loused up
yourself and betrayed your ideals and Christ, but
you effectively blocked another person from enter-
ing the Church. When you stop to think about the
potential member's children and grandchildren, you'll
taste bitterness that will age you quickly.
Then, like the fellow in the brig, you'll ask, "Where
did I start slipping? Why did I betray those who
loved me? What has happened?" Maybe, if you're
man enough, you'll start the long, slow climb up.
But life is sometimes like going down into a mine
shaft. The deeper you go, the harder it is to get back
to the surface.
You say there are Mormons there who don't
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follow the Word o£ Wisdom and
who don't even live the Ten
Commandments. Scot, for good-
ness sakes, there are many on
our rollbooks who don't know
what it means to be a Mormon.
They sincerely reason themselves
right into Satan's hands when
events come up that separate the
men from the boys.
Is this relevant to you? Yes,
pardner, it is, and I hope we're true
friends enough that you'll know.
If the tables were turned, I
wouldn't think much of you if you
could help me but wouldn't be-
cause you felt I might be offended.
Friends are those who stick with
us— through fat and lean, good and
bad— and are man enough to tell
us something when we need it and
pat us on the back when the same
is in order.
Sometimes it is easier to die for
those you love than to live for
them. Scot, hold to the ideals you
know are important. Don't be
ashamed of God and his command-
ments. If you are, the time may
come when from a foxhole you'll
cry to God for help and wonder
why you can't sense a response.
Many Saints have entered the
service and come out leaders be-
fore God and man, and others
have used the service as an excuse
to follow other paths. Land sunny
side up, Scot.
As for life here, business remains
as usual— making too much to
starve to death and not enough to
get fat. I'm leaving today on my
vacation for a week. The family
is going fishing. My five-year-old
son is so excited he can hardly
sleep at night— this is the biggest
thing in his life to date.
Please don't be offended because
of what I've said. You're a good
man and a wonderful fellow to
know. We want you to come back
as good as you left. We're pray-
ing for you— every night and
morning. Keep in touch.
right into Satan's hands
when events come up
that separate the
men from the boys.
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Approximately one-third of the Pedigree Referral
Service (PRS) inquiries are yielding a response. A
"response" is at least one name and address received
in reply to an inquiry. Response percentage on in-
quiries will continue to grow as more registrations
are received. For this reason, all persons doing
genealogical research are encouraged to register their
ancestral surnames, localities, and periods of time
with PRS. More than half a million surname entries
are now on file.
One particular type of PRS inquiry being sub-
mitted is contributing to the low response percentage.
Too many PRS participants are submitting Type A
(town) inquiries, rather than Type B (countywide)
inquiries. Since most surnames from the United
States registered in PRS files are identified by county
alone, rather than by town, the response percentage
for town inquiries pertaining to the U.S. is about
12.7 percent. Thus, quite often the time and money
of those requesting Type A inquiries are wasted.
In years past most Americans lived on farms in
rural areas and were not residents of particular towns.
The following example illustrates the problem faced
by PRS inquirers :
Suppose one wants to get in touch with someone
working on the Taylor line of Anson County, North
Carolina. Several persons who have traced their
Taylor family to Anson County may be registered
with PRS, and since no town identification was known,
only the county was registered. Those who submit
Type B (countywide) inquiries will be matched up
by computer with others who submitted matching
PRS information. However, those who submit Type
A (town) inquiries cannot be matched with those
Taylor researchers who registered only the county.
For this reason, it is strongly suggested that United
States inquiries be Type B. Exceptions to this would
be inquiries pertaining to common surnames asso-
ciated with large cities and surnames from some of
the New England states, where many excellent
genealogical sources are available.
Do you have evidence of errors on family group
records in the archives of the Genealogical Society?
If so, you can have those records adjusted if the
records pertain to your direct ancestors and are not
beyond your great-grandparents (4th generation).
To request adjustments, you are asked to submit:
(1) a photoduplicate of each archive record con-
cerned, as it appears in the archives; (2) a complete
new family group record, prepared in accordance
with instructions in the Genealogical Instruction
Manual, with the items that differ from the archive
record underlined in red; (3) a letter listing the
desired adjustments and the justification for each;
and (4) a certified copy, photoduplicate, or type-
written or handwritten facsimile of the documentary
evidence that resolves each conflict or discrepancy.
If the present archive record was submitted by you,
documentary evidence is not required, and step 4
may be omitted. If you did not submit the present
archive record, you may still avoid providing docu-
mentary evidence by obtaining written consent from
the original patron for the adjustments to be made.
The new 90-day processing of family group records
announced in the November Improvement Era is
already outdated. Beginning January 1, 1967, process-
ing time of family group records will be trimmed to
within 60 days of receipt of the records.
Saints can help reduce this time even more by
preparing their records carefully in accordance with
the steps outlined in the Genealogical Instruction
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Marion D. Hanks,
anuary . . . will this year be a retread— same old
habits, same old ways, same old weaknesses,
same old mistakes, same old heartaches, same
old procrastinations? ^p Or will this new year for you be a
fresh and wonderful beginning-to-be-better kind of ex-
perience? Here's a new year wish from your editors:
A little more like thee, Lord. A little more like thee! I
would have ... a heart more open to feel thy spirit, to
warm my brothers' needs, and sensitive enough to help
fill them ... a mind more receptive to know thy will, thy
ways, thy purposes for all, and keen enough to respond . . .
a self more ready to help in thy cause, to ease the burdens
of my fellows, to calm the confusions in minds muddled
by a world gone wrong, and pure enough to be the tem-
ple of my eternal spirit.
by Marion D. Hanks
IT WAS A STRANGE TITLE for an editorial
— certainly a different one: "Green Thoughts."
My eyes wandered with mild curiosity past the
heading to the first words, and the scattered rays of
a casual involvement suddenly gathered into the beam
of an intense concentration. I had never read words
just like them before, and I had never personally
visited in a city where they could with such validity
be written. These were the first provocative sentences:
"It is a sad thing when people cease to
dream of flowers, and dream only of vege-
tables. Such, however, is the plight of this
city today. Let a hundred flowers bloom —
we think only of potatoes, peas, and
The conclusion of the article was equally poignant:
"Pity that we have no time to look at the
flowers. . . ."
It was a Calcutta, India, newspaper I was reading,
purchased for a few Indian pennies on a street where,
the night before, my companions and I had been
sickened and sorrowed by sights and sounds of another
world. People were starving, picking scraps from
the gutter, begging and badgering, thousands of them
sleeping in their rags in the streets. A hard-pressed
government, earnestly struggling to survive the en-
gulfing flood of hundreds of thousands of persons
pouring into the city in ever increasing waves; could
not keep up with the problems.
For multitudes of young people in India, Africa,
China, Korea, and elsewhere, the life a Latter-day
Saint teenager lives — even in the humblest circum-
stances — would be unbelievable. They couldn't
comprehend the profusion of privileges and blessings
What green thoughts have you these days?
What green dreams?
If there are enough vegetables to keep away hunger,
and a roof and a bed and an interested heart nearby,
rejoice! Dream of flowers, and share part of their
fragrance through a life of gratitude, of responsi-
bility, and of genuine concern for others.
he windshield wipers swished sleepily across
the windshield in .an effort to keep the pouring
rain from obstructing our vision. Outside the
warm car everything was a wet, shiny pattern of
lights against the blackness of a soft spring night.
Kathy rambled on and on in her amusing, pleas-
ing way, telling me about her weekend as a baton
twirling judge at Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
"Yes, it certainly was worth the fifteen dollars
I gave you for tending the kids," she laughingly
Then suddenly she became silent, and in a more
thoughtful tone continued. "You know, Rhonda,
I had an experience that I'm not sure I should
tell you about. It's too precious to tell to just
anyone, but I think you will appreciate it as much
as I do."
She told me the following story:
As we pulled out of the depot in Great
Falls, Montana, the deep voice of the bus
driver boomed over the loudspeaker.
"Good morning, folks, and welcome
to this line of the Greyhound Bus
service. The country surrounding
the roads we'll be traveling on is
beautiful, and I hope you enjoy
your trip. We are due at the next
major bus stop in four hours. We'll
never make it."
I laughed softly to myself and then
turned to identify the owner of a delighted
chuckle who had apparently enjoyed the
bus driver's comment as much as I.
With a start, I realized it was David,
the blind boy I had met at the Great
Falls depot last year when I was
traveling to the same twirling contest,
watched him as he fingered his traveling
Illustrated by Sherry Thompson
bag, a smile still on his freckled face. It all came
back to me as I sat there — as clearly as if it had
happened last week. . . .
"Get outa my way, kid!" she bellowed. I saw
her grab the child's arm tightly, her fingernails
with their chipped red polish digging into his flesh.
She lowered her voice so I could no longer hear
what she said, but I could see her bright red lips
moving angrily over yellow teeth. She was shaking
him, and I looked at his face, expecting him at
any moment to burst into tears; but his eyes were
shut tight, and his face was devoid of expression.
Since no indignant mother came running to his
assistance, I realized he must be alone.
Although I was well aware that no one appre-
ciates a busybody, the situation had gone too far
for me to sit idly watching. I walked toward the
pair, determined to do something. But as I
reached them, the woman pushed the boy and
turned to her heel, muttering to herself about
"bratty kids." I was tempted to follow her, but I
turned to the young boy instead. The force of the
shove had sent him sprawling into a group of
candy machines, and he sat on the floor, eyes still
shut, his fingers groping, touching, moving in-
quisitively. I realized he was blind; and choking
back the pity that rushed to my eyes and throat
in aching pains, I pulled him gently to his feet.
'Here, son, I'll help you to the desk," I said
"Oh, that's all right," came the cheerful
reply. "Just tell me about how many steps
it is and point me in the right direction. I
can make it by myself."
This cheerful independence was typical
of nine- year-old David as we traveled
together. He was making his weekend visit
to his home in the small town of Sunburst,
Montana, from the school for the blind
in Great Falls. When David was a young
child he had been afflicted with cancer of the eye,
and his eyes had to be sealed shut. It was a
revelation for me to travel with him and to be
able, for a day, to see through the eyes of the blind.
When we had parted that first time a year ago,
I realized I knew only his name and would probably
never see him again. And now, as I looked again
at the person whose laugh had caught my interest,
I was sure he would never remember me. But I
wanted to talk to him again. I crossed the aisle
and struck up a conversation. After a few words
he put his hand on my arm and said, "You're
Kathy, aren't you?"
Imagine the joy I felt that he would recognize
my voice and remember me after a whole year.
We chatted like good buddies, laughing together.
I asked him about school, and a pleased smile
radiated from his face as he informed me that
he'd learned how to write something on paper
without raised lines.
"You can?" I exclaimed. "What can you write?"
"Two names," he said. "Yours and mine."
"Let's see you do it," I challenged.
He was game, and after we found a pencil and
a piece of paper, he carefully spelled out "David"
and then began my name. I was startled when I
saw that he spelled it correctly, with a K instead of
"How did you know my name started with a
'K'?" I asked him.
"Well, my mother and my teacher both thought
it should start with a C, but I knew it started with
a K because kindness starts with K."
The preceding story is true and was retold with the
permission of Kathy Parmenter, to
whom the story happened.
by Rhonda Patten
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LIFE, ITS SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL,
BELIEVE ABOUT THE CHURCH, TOTAL HONESTY, MARR
DEATH, KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY HOLY, DRINKING, GO
ING, HELPING OR BEING HELPED, CHASTITY, PAYING
THESE ARE IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE. CONSIDER THEM C
STANDING UP FOR? HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY TO Yj
OTHERS? HOW DO YOUR IDEALS, YOUR PHILOSOPHIES D
VIEWS, FRIENDS' VIEWS, HEAVENLY FATHER'S GUIDELI
When you've decided what is worth stand-
ing up for, here are some "how to's" that
can help you succeed:
BACK UP YOUR VIEWS:
1. Gather facts that are suffi-
2. Find out 'who says so.'
What's their authority?
3. Consider experience of
4. Analyze your own experi-
Photographs by Eldon Linschoten
PHYSICAL ASPECTS? WHAT DO YOU
IAGE, PEOPLE, DATING, LIFE AFTER
SSIP, FREEDOM, CLASSROOM CHEAT -
DEBTS, ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY?
AREFULLY. WHICH ONES ARE WORTH
OUR FUTURE, YOUR HAPPINESS, TO
IFFER OR SUPPORT YOUR PARENTS'
NES (COMMANDMENTS) TO US?
at iiiiii believe!
^JJr by Elaine Cannon
DEVELOP THE SKILLS:
1. Know the value of wise tim-
2. What is your image of your-
self? to others?
3. Do you know your person-
ality credits and quirks?
4. Do you have an understand-
ing of how to get along with
1. What is there to lose if you
don't stand up?
2. What is there to gain? Why
3. What will the outcome be
(worst possible, best possible,
most likely) ?
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: : : : : Ex^ti«vJB:'SWrjetary of
: : : : : A(?^firfe: : Af fairs :
The student officers of the
College of Southern Utah discuss various
ways of communicating, of improving
Moderator is Sterling Church,
student government adviser.
Sterling Church: In your positions as student
body officers, you have developed effective
means of communicating with others
and developing better relationships with
others. Therefore, you , are looked upon
with great favor by your peers. Today we
would like to find out some of the methods
you have for getting along well with people, in
the hope that they will benefit others in their
ability to understand and communicate more
The first question I would like to consider is
this: What, in your opinion, is the most important
specific thing to remember in getting along well
with others? Included in this question is another:
What have you found works best in developing
pleasant relationships wiih others?
Mervin Adair: Maybe I could start off. In our
experience this year in student government, I have
found that the confusion comes when people don't
really understand their responsibility or authority
or to whom they are responsible. We have found
that by defining these lines
of authority and giving each
one a clear understanding of
his responsibilities, we have a
smoother-running and more efficient
Gayle McKeachnie: / agree. If others know their
relationship with you, you can have disagreements
and yet get along well. You can disagree on policy
or many other things, but if you respect the other
person and his opinion and listen to it, you'll
generally remain friends after the disagreement is
resolved. A mutual goal that both persons should
have is to gain respect for one another. Perhaps
Lee could give us some specific examples on this.
Lee Hofeling: When I was in the mission field, I
had a problem — it wasn't too serious — in my rela-
tionship with my companion. I received a letter
from my mother that told of what is called in
psychology "The Principle of Positive Effect." In
essence, this means that people will react toward
| Era 141
you in direct relationship to the way you make
them feel about themselves. If you can make
others feel good about themselves and that they
We should be aware
that each person
is an individual...
are useful and worthv of your consideration, they
will usually respond effectively in whatever capacity
you ask them to work.
Mervin Adair: I have heard it said that you should
treat everyone as if he were your superior. I have
found that this really works. If you treat a person
with no respect, if you try to make him do some-
thing just because you have authority, you find
that you never get any real moral support. But
if you can make him feel good about himself and
feel that you really respect him and have faith
in his ability and opinion, you'll find that he will
give you loyal service and support.
Bruce Christensen: Then you are saying, Steve,
that we should be genuinely interested in other
people. We should be aware that each person is
an individual, and we should work together in
trying to understand each other. The key word
you are in a position of leadership, you really have
an opportunity to give of yourself, and it's an
opportunity — even an obligation — to bring out the
best in others and to appreciate them for what
Sterling Church: Most of you seem to have the
knack or ability of getting along well when you
meet someone for the first time. Many people
don't have this ability. What characteristics do
you think enables one to get along well with others
right from the start?
Mervin Adair: J think the biggest key is to be
openly friendly. As soon as you meet a person,
you should try to remember his name.
Bruce Christensen: You should be yourself, one
hundred per cent, and not try to be someone else.
Just be Gayle or Bruce or Mary or whoever you are.
Lee Hofeling: Knowing another's name is im-
portant. But I've found that in order to continue
conversation effectively with a person whom you
have perhaps just met, it is important to notice
something distinctive about him. Maybe he has
You should be yourself
...and not try
to be someone else.
Dan Chidester: / have also found that one im-
portant thing in getting along with others, holding
their respect, and getting them to continue to
work with you is summarized in two words: "Thank
Sterling Church: We've heard from the men on
how to get along with others. Mary Lynn, they say
that women have special ways to get what they
want. Is this true?
Mary Lynn Rodriguez: We are all individuals —
people with different beliefs, different ways of
doing things, different ways of appreciating one
another. I think it is important that we appre-
ciate each other for what we are. Since we are all
different, we have different goals. We have dif-
ferent things we can give to each other. When
a special interest in a particular activity or hobby.
Or perhaps he comes from an interesting part of
the world. Show interest in something besides his
name, and he'll appreciate it and probably always
retain an interest in you.
Sterling Church: At your stage in life you are
called upon to mingle with people in different situa-
tions, such as dating, committee work, church
assignments, missionary efforts, school leadership
activities. We've talked about developing early
friendship with people, but now we'd like to know
what, in your opinion, is the most valuable thing
you have learned to help you keep these relation-
Editor's Note: In a subsequent issue these CSU students
will continue their discussion on this question.
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As part of their farm mechanics program, three outstanding
young men of the Byron Ward, Big Horn [Wyoming] Stake,
designed and built a project out of metal.
«m iftar^ »*""«* J* -\ jt* &£k. %
. . . won $400 as second
grand national award
winner . . . president of
Byron FFA chapter . . .
lettered in football,
basketball, track . . .
vice-president of senior
class . . . junior prom
king . . . active in Church
activities. He designed
and built a heavy tandem
. . . junior class
officer . . . secretary of
Explorer post . . . lettered
in football, basketball,
track . . . active in all
phases of Church activity.
He designed and built a
portable cattle stock.
. . . lettered in
track . . . all-conference
guard (football) . . .
organist for priesthood
. . . honor student . . .
student body president of
Byron High . . . all-state
band and choir . . . dele-
gate to Wyoming Boys ' State.
He designed and built a
portable cattle hoof
A notable accomplishment
has been attained by-
Claudia Gregg, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Louis R.
Gregg, of Tempe, Arizona
. . . She received her
Honor Bee award and was
given special recognition
for having 77 honor badges
during her two Beehive
years. She studies oil •
painting . . . has won 4-H
ribbons at the state fair
for her cooking and sewing
Eileen Steed: Cotillion
"Debutante of the Year"
18 . . . Provo, Utah . . .
Days of '47 pageant for
2 years . . . chosen to
represent stake as "exem-
plary youth in support of
her church" . . . received
all Individual Awards and
MIA awards . . . serves as
Sunday School teacher . . .
maintained 4.0 grade-
point average in high school.
I 4 * • >
OREM 27TH WARD
1966 MIA CALIFORNIA TRIP
PICTURE FORTY-FOUR excited MIA girls, five
leaders, and one bus driver listening intently to a
Tuesday night MIA session. The youth speaker,
lacking the usual security of a stable pulpit, bal-
ances precariously on a step, holding a loudspeaker
in one hand and the steel rim of a bus seat in the
other. Despite the apparent lack of physical facili-
Left to right: Claudia Olsen, Hallie Shumway, and Susan Jacob.
ties, the typically warm "Mormon meeting"
atmosphere is present, tinged with an excited,
vibrant feeling. Why the excitement? The girls,
traveling on Highway 66, are just 100 miles from
Las Vegas and a mere 600 miles from Los Angeles
and the Encino-Reseda Ward in the heart of Holly-
wood, where they are to be housed for four won-
How did this all begin? A hungry Scout troop
came in handy. Ambitious girls 'and leaders of the
Orem (Utah) 27th Ward, combining this hungry
asset with cake mixes, made and then sold 2,200
cupcakes after MIA meetings. One hundred and
ten dollars was added to the trip fund through 27
weeks of cupcake sales.
Girls were able to see funds grow through Satur-
day cake sales and house-cleaning projects. Adver-
Left to right: Claudia Olsen, Susan Stone, Hallie Shumway, Margaret
Jacob, and Mary Jacob,
tisements in the ward paper brought requests for
help with housework for girls of MIA age.
Ward members were asked to keep a supply of
empty pop bottles on hand. A Laurel then organ-
ized a group of Beehive girls and collected the
bottles, which were turned in to local stores for cash.
The Mia Maids and Laurels met on a Saturday
for a car wash on the ward parking lot. One ward
member, who owned a pit of potatoes that he was
Left to right: Nancy Jolley, Christina Nimer, Lynette Pearce, Diana
Newren, Margaret Olsen, Mary Jacob, Arlene Arnold, Gloria Beaumont,
Sherrie Greenhalgh, Barbara Mitchell, Bob Smith — bus driver, and Connie
unable to sell, gave approximately 1,500 pounds of
potatoes to the MIA to sort and sell.
Five active days on the trip included visits to
the St. George Temple, Disneyland, a television
studio, Marineland, Playa Del Rey beach, Farmer's
Market, Forest Lawn Cemetery, a motion picture
studio, and the Los Angeles Temple. At the Los
Angeles Temple the girls were baptized for 856
dead, which was the highlight of the trip.
INGLEWOOD STAKE YOUTH WEEK
YOUTH WEEK is a time when the youth of the
Inglewood Stake take over the various offices of
About a month before youth week, the stake
president chose his counterpart, who, in turn, chose
his two counselors. These three met and chose
the high council, who went with their counterparts
to meetings and observed them performing their
The youth then held a meeting to select bishops
and stake MIA, Primary, and Relief Society
When the young people were assigned jobs, it
meant attending all meetings, planning with their
counterparts, and, for one week, taking complete
responsibility for their jobs. All of the young people
said that youth week had helped them to
realize what little knowledge they had about the
jobs and responsibilities of the Church. — Melinda
L D S Educational Opportunities -NOW
by Lynn Eric Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Admissions Information and Guidance Center
Brigham Young University
ADMISSIONS INFORMATION AND
To help you be constantly informed and make the
best possible educational decisions, the Admissions
Information and Guidance Center at Brigham Young
University stands ready to answer any questions
you may have, give you an evaluation on your past
work, and make some recommendations concerning
your future training. We invite you to come in for
an interview, or we can arrange for you to see a
Church educational representative nearest you.
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
Several changes have been made in the admis-
sion requirements at BYU for fall, 1967. These
include the following:
1. A $10 non-refundable application fee for all
students who apply January 1 and thereafter.
Its purpose is to give you better service.
2. An April 30 deadline for application for admis-
sion, which will allow more time for student
advisement. The last date to take the American
College Test will be February 18. Register now
if you haven't already taken it.
3. A slightly higher admission standard. Freshman
students should be predicted to achieve at least
a C average during their first year at BYU. This
prediction is based on a formula combining the
high school grades and American College Test
4. Transfer students must have a cumulative
grade-point average of 2.25 (C plus) on all
college work and must have completed 15
semester hours of college work.
5. All new freshmen and transfer students are asked
to have a physical examination by their family
physician prior to admission. The examination
has no bearing on admission but gives the BYU
Health Center information for the assistance
of students with special problems.
6. Effective fall semester, 1967, tuition will in-
crease from the present $175 a semester for
members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints to $200 per semester. Tuition
costs for nonmembers will be raised from $250
to $325 a semester.
BYU continuing education centers are located at
Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Ogden and Salt Lake City,
Utah, and offer a wide range of college and high
school correspondence courses through the home
CHURCH COLLEGE OF HAWAII
Students from the Pacific area are encouraged
to take advantage of the many programs offered.
Students from the mainland are asked not to apply
College-level institute of religion classes are af-
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colleges, and trade technical schools throughout the
United States, Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere.
Students who do not attend Church-sponsored
schools are urged to enroll in the excellent institute
programs near colleges in the United States and
LDS BUSINESS COLLEGE
LDS Business College is located at 4th East and
South Temple streets in Salt Lake City. To enroll,
a student must be a high school graduate or over
nineteen years of age. Two-year associate degrees,
one-year diplomas and three-month certificates are
offered in many office skills.
Ricks College, located in Rexburg, Idaho, now
has three thousand students. A high school
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plus the American College Test. Two-year degrees,
a junior college diploma, and a one-year certificate
are currently being offered. There are ten divisions
and thirty departments on campus.
LIP SERVICE IS NOT ENOUGH
by President S. Dilworth Young
First Council of Seventy
E WERE lying in the sun
behind the shelter of a group
of large boulders near the top
of one of the Wind River
peaks. The wind was gusty and
strong and cold; but behind
the rocks sheltered from its
blasts, the sun warmed us.
The climb had been strenuous
I was with a group of
Explorers. We opened our
lunch and munched on the cold
bread, cheese, dried fruit and
nuts, and chocolate. As we
ate and then relaxed, the boys
became serious and began to talk about ethics,
which they accepted but had not necessarily
Sensing that this was one of those rare
occasions when boys open up in the presence
of adults and allow them to peer into hearts
and minds, I began to ask questions about
their feelings in certain situations. For
"Have any of you boys ever stolen things
while you were conscious of the Scout law —
a Scout is trustworthy?''
One boy spoke up: "I have. While I was
working on my Eagle rank, every Saturday
my boy friend and I used to go to a store
and steal stuff just to see how much we could
take and not get caught. We
didn't do anything with the
"Didn't you feel guilty?"
"Not especially; we knew
we'd be punished if we were
caught, but the wrong of it —
the conscience part — didn't
seem to bother us."
"Have you done it lately?"
"Not within a year. Some-
how it isn't fun anymore."
Several of the boys con-
fessed to similar experiences of
short or long duration. The
Scout law had not come alive
to them. These were words repeated once a
week as a price for being Scouts but had no
relation to the daily acts of the boys.
We talked long and earnestly about the
ethics of behaving. Nearly all present ad-
mitted that they had little feeling for the law,
because they had not been made to feel that
it had any importance when they joined the
Scout troop as twelve year olds.
If there is a moral to this story, it must be
that lip service to any great ethic is of no
effect in the building of a righteous life. One
must practice over and over again the
ethical principle in every situation that is
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How We Do
A stimulating series from families
on the meaning and how-to-do-it
of home evening.
• My husband, Bryant, and I have
seven children: Bob, 24; Kay, 23;
Lisa, 21; Steve, 19; John, 17;
Marion, 15, and Tom, 13. This is
how our family presented one les-
son, "The Privilege of Repenting":
After my husband and I had
read the lesson, we discussed the
points we wanted to emphasize and
the assignments, which were given
out two days before the lesson.
On home evening my husband
took charge. After the opening
song and prayer, I reviewed the
previous week's lesson on learning
from our mistakes to make right
choices. We find that our teen-
agers are reluctant to talk about
personal experiences before the
entire family. However, Tom said,
"It makes me feel good to know
that Heavenly Father doesn't just
get through with you when you
don't do what you ought to do."
Kay, who is training to be a
teacher, did a fine job of introduc-
ing the visual aid for this week's
lesson on repentance. In the sec-
tion of the lesson that demonstrates
the "about face" meaning of repen-
tance, our teenagers did not object
to standing and turning around on
command. In fact, they enjoyed
it, and Steve said later it made the
meaning clearer to him that it had
ever been before.
Marion told one of the stories
from the lesson and the older
children responded readily to her
questions. We find that they often
respond to each other more freely
than when one of the parents leads
To show how repentance brings
blessings to our lives, I told a per-
sonal experience of how as a child
I learned one shouldn't take money
that isn't his. Later several of the
children told me it helped them to
hear my experience and to know
that even their parents have made
mistakes. It provided an oppor-
tunity for me to be closer to the
children and to admit that I have
many faults I am still trying to
overcome. Even parents are human!
The lesson included many scrip-
tures about repentance. Our fam-
ily enjoys finding references and
reading from tjie scriptures. We
each have a copy of the Book of
Mormon, and are giving copies of
the standard works for birthday
presents so eventually each will
have his copy of all the standard
My husband spoke with feeling
about his conviction that being
able to have our sins forgiven is
one of our Heavenly Father's bless-
ings to us. We have found that one
of the best results of our home
evenings has been that we are able
to tell our children how we as
parents feel about the gospel.
When home evenings began, we
were shocked to realize we had
seldom taken time to do this before.
Our recently returned missionary
son, Bob, related a mission field
experience that illustrated how we
can forget our mistakes after re-
pentance because we are forgiven
of them. This was of great inter-
est to his younger brothers and
sisters, as well as his parents.
During the discussion following
the lesson, we passed out slips of
paper and asked each person to
write what he thought was the first
step to repentance. We often use
this write-down-your-answer meth-
od, as it gives even the reluctant
children an opportunity to take
part in the lesson. As a follow-up
for the lesson, we put copies of
these statements on the mirrors in
the bathrooms. These visual aids
served as reminders to each of us
during the week and helped initiate
dinnertime conversations about
In presenting the home evening
lessons, we have found that our
teenage children do not like ques-
tions about their personal feelings,
so we try to avoid this type of dis-
cussion. However, they often come
to me when we are alone and talk
freely about the subjects of the
lessons. We feel that through these
lessons, our family unity has im-
proved and we have greater under-
standing of our Heavenly Father's
love for each of his childreu.O
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An Older Couple
By Sarah Johnson
• When we received the home
evening manual, my husband and
I looked through it and felt that
the lessons were written for fami-
lies with young children, not for
older couples whose children had
married and left home. But we
decided to give them a try.
My husband asked me to study
the introduction, read through the
lesson, and select those sections
that would be most beneficial to
us. Although two interesting stories
are given— one for children and
the other for adults— I could see
value in using both, because the
story for smaller children would
help us be more understanding of
the emotional needs of our grand-
children. As I prepared the les-
son, I was impressed by the clever,
stimulating activities, but little did
I realize to what extent these activi-
ties would enrich the relationship
between me and my husband.
That first home evening my
Illustrated by Ted Nagata
husband offered prayer and I pro-
ceeded with one of the stories. He
read the other one. We then dis-
cussed how we could help each
other and how we could influence
our grandchildren to feel that they
are precious to our Heavenly
Father, to their parents, and to
At the conclusion of the lesson
we ate a dessert and played the
suggested game, "What Do You
Know About Me?" We found that
even after 40 years of married life
together neither of us was sure of
the other's favorite color, food,
song, friend, or flower.
As we have continued with the
lessons in our home evening, we
appreciate the increased knowledge
of the gospel we have experienced.
But of even greater value to us has
been the application of the gospel
principles in our lives. We are
grateful for the help they give us
in developing Christlike qualities
of character. We now believe that
home evenings and the lessons in
the home evening manual were
made to order for older couples. O
Four Children — Ages
5 Months to 8 Years
By Gary and Ruth Tingey
• We have four children: Wendy,
8; Carrie, 6; Brett, 5; and Jeanie,
5 months. The way we handled
the lesson "Working for the Wel-
fare of All" is appropriate, because
we are trying to teach our children
responsibility through assigned
Wendy conducted our song, "I
Thank Thee, Dear Father." Our
family prayer, led by Daddy, was
interrupted, as might be expected,
by the baby's squealing.
Brett and Carrie sang a song,
"When We're Helping We're
Happy," with Carrie singing the
verse about mother and Brett the
verse about father. Then Wendy
told one of the stories in the lesson,
using pictures for illustrations.
Daddy told about Jesus as a boy
and how he probably helped his
mother carry water in clay jugs.
We were proud to have Carrie
interject, "I'll bet he also helped
Joseph; he was a carpenter, you
know." We were grateful to a
Sunday School or Primary teacher
who taught her so well she could
remember this detail.
At the conclusion of the lesson,
we unveiled a new chart we had
made, with spaces for each of their
names and their duties for each
day. After a task is finished, a star
covers the printing. Thus far we
have found that the chart is effec-
tive and attracts their interest.
For refreshments that evening,
we had root beer floats. This part
of our home evening ended in chaos
when the little helpers tripped and
spilled all five floats. But we feel
that by helping serve the refresh-
ments, they are learning etiquette.
We have one problem in home
evening, one that is probably com-
mon to many families with young
children. Most of the details they
remember from their lessons are
completely unrelated to the lesson,
and many times we get sidetracked
with what they learned the day
before in Primary.
But to us the real measure of
home evenings is neither how
smoothly things run nor how atten-
tive the children are, but how much
they remember and attempt to live
the concepts of the lessons. We
have learned that the more in-
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The Spoken Word
Law and Life
Richard L. Evans
This six-word sentence from Shakespeare suggests a deeply searching
subject: "His own opinion was his law." 1 This brings us to the question
of freedom and restraint, of law and who is subject to it, and the subject
of self-control, which recalls a sentence from Goethe, who said: "What-
ever liberates our spirit without giving us self-control is disastrous."
All nature observes law. If it did not, life would not be possible. If
it did not, we could not reasonably know that the seasons would move
in succession, that there would be sufficient light or heat, that we could
plant with any reasonable assurance of having a harvest. Nor would
there be reasonable assurance to prepare for the future. Life is possible,
and all that pertains to it, because God and nature administer and
move within law, from cause to consequence. Not only life, but living
with others is also possible because of law. Without law, no man could
be assured of the fruits of his labors. Without law, brute force would
prevail, the weak would be destroyed by the strong, and the strong
would destroy themselves in their struggles for ascendancy. Without
law there would be no peace or privacy, no protection of person or of
property, public or private; no foreseeable future, no assurance of any-
thing we could count on. Every man has a right to safety for his loved
ones when he leaves them. Every person has a right to be protected
in his person and his property and to realize the results of his prepara-
tion for the future, and every man has an obligation to protect others
also. No one who thinks his own opinions or appetites or inclinations
supersede law is safe in society. To be safe— indeed, to survive— there
must be respect for, compliance with, and enforcement of the laws of
God and nature and the laws of the land. And the closer we come
to lawlessness, the farther we get from reason and respect, from peace
and prosperity, from safety and assurance. The closer we come to
lawlessness or to encouraging lawlessness, the closer we come to chaos.
He who feels his own opinion is his law is not a safe citizen,
"Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law." 2
i Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Act IV, sc. 2.
-Katherine Lee Bates, "America, the Beautiful."
"The Spoken Word" from Temple Square, presented over KSL and the Columbia
Broadcasting System November 6, 1966. Copyright 1966.
formal and simple the lessons, the
better they are learned. After
small children sit all day in school
and Primary, they want to relax
and enjoy their homes. O
A Young Married
By Steve and Pat Boyden
• We have been married two and
a half years and have a one-year-
old son. Many of our peers feel
no need to hold home evenings,
since their tiny children are not yet
able to understand the lessons, but
we do not agree.
From studying the lessons to-
gether we have increased our
knowledge of the gospel, but more
important, we have learned practi-
cal ways of applying gospel
principles. We know that only by
our having a clear understanding
of gospel precepts can we hope to
teach our children the ways of the
After beginning with prayer, we
take turns presenting the lesson.
We cover the approaches for all
ages of children. This gives us an
opportunity to anticipate many of
the problems we might someday
face and to determine what our
reactions will be. We follow the
manual closely, adding personal
experiences whenever possible.
By carrying out the assignments,
we feel that we can benefit in our
individual spiritual growth as well
as a large family can. And when
the lesson refers to particular
scriptures, we often look up addi-
tional ones to more fully explore
the subject. We find that this is
a helpful and enjoyable way of
brushing up on our scriptures.
After we have the lesson, we
have what we term our "business
meeting." Since we are attending
school, it is important that we
budget our income carefully, and
we discuss this and any other per-
sonal problems that we might have.
We firmly believe that when chan-
nels of communication are open,
there is harmony in the home.O
A Group of Widows
By Edyth Romney
• Our little group of nine look for-
ward to Thursday night, which is
family night in our stake. Each
Thursday since the home evening
program was introduced, we have
met to study and discuss the lessons
and, on ocasion, have social activ-
Each of us lives alone, and seven
of us have apartments in the same
building. We alternate meeting in
each other's homes, with the
hostess preparing and serving the
We find that the lessons are very
practical, and we never lack for
material to apply to our lives. Five
of us take turns in presenting the
lessons, and we find that we have
developed a greater love for each
other and our fellowmen, as well
as for our Father in heaven,
through studying the lessons.
One of the challenging and most
interesting features of our home
evening is the application of the
lesson. A recent lesson on fellow-
shipping provided an excellent op-
portunity for us to visit members
of the ward whom we didn't know
well. Our ward is located in an
area of many apartment houses,
with a high turnover rate. Each
of us took the names of new mem-
bers and visited them, welcoming
them to our ward and getting ac-
quainted with them.
In connection with a lesson on
loving our fellowmen, we went as
a group to visit a woman who has
been bedridden for several years
with heart trouble and a broken
hip. She and her husband ex-
pressed great appreciation for the
j Jan J 54
visit, which blessed us also.
One of the great benefits of our
home evening group has been the
spirit of fellowship and love gen-
erated among and between the
members. We have had dinners
together, attended a concert, met
for a Saturday morning breakfast,
and had a picnic lunch at a nearby
The group is organized with a
president and a secretary. Each
home evening is opened with
prayer, and whenever we meet in
a home where there is a piano, we
sing hymns. Members of our
group are Gladys Nichol and her
sister, Edith Gold; Minnie Lund-
wall, Clara Russon, Mary Stone,
Caroline Ascough, Dorothy Hud-
speth, and Elva Rigby. O
Three Children —
Ages 9 to 16
By Suzanne Porter
• On a recent Thursday evening
our family gathered for home
evening and the lesson, "Recog-
nizing the Worth of Our Brothers
and Sisters." There are five chil-
dren in our family, but only three
of us are at home: Janice, 9; Bryant,
12; and me (I'm 16). Our two
older brothers are Dwight, who is
serving a mission in Central
Germany, and Sherril, who filled
a mission to Ireland and is now
attending Brigham Young Uni-
For this lesson, I was asked to be
in charge. A few days before
home evening, I studied the
material and planned how to make
it apply most effectively to our
family. I wanted the lesson to be
special, since its message is such
an important ingredient for a
Our home evening began at 7
p.m. I had arranged a circle of
chairs around the piano. Janice
led the singing and I played the
piano. Then I told the family of
the lesson's goal so that Bryant.
in offering the invocation, could
ask for Heavenly Father's help in
our accomplishing it.
After prayer, I again stressed the
goal of the lesson and we discussed
the meaning of brotherhood, using
the scriptures and examples given
in the lesson manual. We talked
about the rewards of looking for
good in our brothers and sisters
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The Spoken Word
The Conduct of One Hour
Richard L. Evans
There is an old oriental proverb that reads, "The reputation of a thou-
sand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour." 1 Sometimes
it may not seem to be just and fair for such short intervals to be so
all important, for things that matter so much to be made and unmade
by the act of one moment, or for the labor of a lifetime to be laid low
by one ill-advised hour. But it isn't the length of time that matters
so much as what goes before, or what has happened inside, to make
any particular act or action possible: the qualities of character, the
habits, the thinking that precede our performance. Some things we
do, no doubt, are only inadvertent acts, and some may be unmistakable
accidents; but there is a set of background circumstances that leads to
every act and incident. The word that cannot be recalled, the deed
that cannot be undone-these may be only occurrences of carelessness,
or they may be evidence of something more significant inside. We all
make mistakes, but when a man makes a serious mistake, he must expect
to be placed on probation in the opinion of other people until they
satisfy themselves as to whether the mistake was an inadvertent error
or an indication of some corrosion of character, some lack of loyalty,
some perversion of principle. Of course, people can repent; and when
repentance is sincere, we must accept it. We can and must forgive a
repentant person for a momentary misstep. But it is often easier for
men to forgive than to forget, and somehow old errors may keep
cropping up. This is only one reason, besides what happens inside,
why it is so everlastingly important to be on guard against the ill-advised
action of any one moment, of any one hour, or of all the hours of life.
The reputation of a lifetime-and many things even much more important
than reputation-may be determined by the conduct of one hour or
by the misstep of a moment. There is no doubt about it: there is
a premium paid for constancy and consistency of performance; there
is a premium paid for enduring consistently to the end.
ljapanese Proverb 14:18.
"The Spoken Word" from Temple Square, presented over KSL and the Columbia
Broadcasting System November 13, 1966. Copyright 1966.
instead of seeing their faults, and
as the discussion continued, I could
feel that the goal was taking on
real meaning for our family.
We were now ready to accept
the assignment. After Janice passed
out paper and pencils, we each
wrote down the name of one per-
son we had previously criticized
and added good points about this
person. We then discussed how
we might find good traits in
To tie in with the lesson, Mother
read a poem, "I Know Something
Good About You," and gave each
of us a copy. Father also told of
a recent personal experience that
illustrated the good effects of kind-
ness and concern for others.
After a closing hymn and prayer,
we played a game and enjoyed
popcorn and mints as refreshments.
It was a most enjoyable evening
for all of us, and we felt that the
lesson had truly helped us strength-
en our family relationships. O
Two Children —
Ages 7 and 5
By John D. Cramer
• Please add our names to the list
of those who appreciate home
evenings. Living in the mission
field, we often meet people of other
faiths. It has become important to
us to have a time when our two
daughters can talk over conflicting
ideas they hear from their friends.
We try to answer their questions
as they arise, but home evening
gives an even greater opportunity
for further discussion.
In preparing for home evening,
I read first the section of the les-
son on preschool children and then
the entire lesson. We plan for a
15-minute lesson, but this almost
always lengthens to half an hour.
A nonmember friend recently said,
"What a shame it is that we so
seldom take time to listen to our
little ones and hear all their won-
derful thoughts." Our home eve-
ning is a special time for the
children to express their thoughts
At each family evening, one of
the girls gives the opening prayer
and the other the closing. We move
through the lessons slowly, stopping
whenever one of the girls raises
her hand to speak. Often their
comments do not pertain exactly
to the lesson, but we listen and
then work their comments into the
current or a previous lesson.
Thanks to the Sunday School and
Primary, they know many songs
and sing with gusto. Though their
reading ability is limited, they en-
joy underlining the scriptures in
their own copies of the standard
works. We try not to discuss
things beyond their comprehension,
so we often must reword the
scriptures for them.
An important part of our home
evening is when we discuss prob-
lems that have arisen during the
week. Remarkable changes have
come as the result of these discus-
sions. Last spring a little neighbor
boy was playing with his father's
gun and accidentally wounded our
daughter Melanie. The bullet
damaged nerves in her left hand.
Our home evening lesson shortly
afterward reminded us that we
must forgive and show love for
everyone. The children sent the
boy a gift of the Children's Friend
for his birthday.
Prayer has also become more im-
portant to our daughters. Not only
do they offer more thoughtful
prayers, but they also turn more
to prayer when they need help.
The home evening lessons re-
mind us that our little ones are
most important to us. Though the
children must be disciplined and
taught right from wrong, the les-
sons help us teach them with love
and purpose and to understand the
ways of our Heavenly Father. O
Ages 3 to 16
By Grant Hardy
• We have eight children, ranging
in age from three to 16. To please
both ends of this age spectrum in
our home is not easy. At times we
wonder if it is just simply impos-
sible, but through experience in
trying to find an approach that
will interest the little children as
well as challenge the more sophis-
ticated teenagers, we have come
up with a formula of three p's:
preparation, participation, and
To get the children involved is
a matter of sound planning. My
wife and I have learned that we
need to discuss together each les-
son to make it fit the needs of our
family. Sometimes our considera-
tion is not who could best give a
part of the lesson as much as who
might benefit most from that
participation. We have had some
choice experiences in discussing
each of our children, their needs,
and their strengths. Our main con-
cern is keeping channels of com-
munication open with them. Home
evening has certainly helped us to
understand and help them in a
more systematic way.
For example, for lesson 14,
"Jesus Teaches Us to Show Com-
passion," we divided up the lesson
David, age 16— Story of Christ's
visit to the Nephite people. (His
seminary studies helped make this
especially interesting. )
Becky, 14— "Case 1" and piano
Ruth, 12— Story of the unmerci-
ful servant and story of Carol and
Steve. She also prepared refresh-
Debby, 10— Story of Jesus feed-
ing the 4,000 and "case 2."
Steven, 9— Invocation. He also
directed the game "evidence" at
the end of the lesson.
Mary, 7— Demonstration on how
a watermelon seed grows if it is
properly nourished and cared for.
She also gave the benediction.
Anne, 5— Story of Marian.
Mark, 3, usually gives one of
the prayers (with the help of my
wife or me ) and participates in the
My wife and I divided up the
rest of the lesson and the review
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of the previous week's lesson.
Because of the wide age spread
in our family, we have found that
the younger children sometimes
lose interest in the discussions. So
we have asked the two older girls
to prepare the special pre-school
lessons and take turns giving them
to the three youngest children.
This has worked very well, and the
girls are maturing because of the
This part of the lesson is given
just before the regular family hour.
At first we anticipated the little
ones would play quietly while the
older ones discussed the lesson, but
it has worked out differently. They
want to hear our discussion too.
The lessons mean so much more to
them on these occasions, and we
have not lost the family unity we
wanted to keep but feared we
would lose by having "split
Six Children — Ages
2 to 16 — and Guests
By Ivan B. Cutler
• With our two oldest daughters
away at college, home evening is
not quite the same. However,
compared to some families we may
appear crowded, with Chris, 16;
Raymond, 13; Bonita, 10; Connie,
9; Ralph, 7, and Willard, 2. In
addition to our children, our home
evening group also includes Grand-
mother Cutler, who lives next door,
and Brian, a young returned mis-
sionary who lives with us.
We planned our lesson on fast-
ing to take place the Thursday
before fast day, so we might make
application of the principles before
they were forgotten.
Usually the Sunday before each
lesson Mom and Dad read the les-
son, discuss it, and assign parts.
Mom helps the younger ones pre-
pare and reminds the older ones
to study their assignments. For
this lesson, Bonita, Raymond, Brian,
and Dad were given assignments.
Others were to help with songs,
prayers, activities, and refresh-
ments. Because Bonita loves to
act, we asked her to tell the story
"A Pretend Picnic." Raymond and
Brian were to discuss the sections
of the lesson on prayer and re-
joicing, the two concepts we felt
to be most important for our fam-
ily to learn to accept.
At the conclusion of the lesson,
our assignment to each member of
the family (except the two year
old) was twofold: (1) to fast for
24 hours and pay a fast offering,
and (2) to be aware that prayer
and rejoicing should take place
To carry out the first part of the
assignment, each child receives the
actual cost of his meals ( 50 cents )
as his fast offering contribution. He
fills out his own contribution slip
and encloses the money if he has
fasted both meals. Without any
coercion from . parents, all of the
children except the youngest are
often able to fast two meals
We find that the success of our
home evening is measured by the
attitude changes experienced by
each of us. We often have an
indication of this when family
prayer is said by one of the chil-
dren. For this particular lesson, a
real change in attitude was noted
on fast Sunday. The usual moans
and complaints were missing. I
believe our family now has a new
attitude and a better insight into
rejoicing as part of fasting. O
Mormons in a Far Land
By Val Camenish Wilcox
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Once a week those blessed Sabbath mornings,
Those meetings where but several people came,
Recalled the words of Jesus, our Redeemer:
"Where two or three are gathered in my name,
There am I also." As we felt his spirit,
Our everyday abodes chapels became.
I Jan 58
Two scenes from
Follow Me, Boys :
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and Vera Miles.
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• Walt Disney's name alone is
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a bonus is offered when a Disney
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This is the happy combination
for Follow Me, Boys, made from a
MacKinlay Kantor story about Boy
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who decides he wants to settle
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He meets Miss Miles in the small
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the delinquent-prone youngsters of
the town and accomplishes much
good, with the type of heart and
comedy for which he and Disney
Viewers will enjoy the things that
happen when MacMurray goes into
camp with the Scouts. It's heart-
warming and entertaining.
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honest depiction of one of the most
emotional events in modern his-
By Howard Pearson
tory. The story takes place at the
liberation of Paris from the Nazis
during World War II. Old news-
reel footage has been combined
with authentically dramatized por-
trayals of events that happened at
the time of the liberation.
The movie spotlights the major
groups attempting to liberate Paris
before the Allied forces reached
the city. Its main focus, however,
is on the drama between Hitler's
Gen. Dietrich Von Choltitz, played
magnificently by Gert Frobe, and
the Swedish minister to Paris,
Raoul Nordling, portrayed equally
well by Orson Welles.
Hitler has ordered his general to
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Eifel Tower, the Louvre, the
bridges— everything. Nordling, at-
tempting to save the city, presents
a dramatic appeal to Von Choltitz.
The film has many exciting mo-
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the Nazis; and the final entry into
Paris of French and American
troops. This last event is one of
The film's events have been re-
searched well and are true within
the framework of the happening
itself. Most of the characters in
the story represent actual people,
some of whom are still alive. As
an epilogue, the black and white
film has a beautiful color segment
showing scenes of Paris today.
Other films that Latter-day
Saints might find entertaining,
amusing, edifying, or delightful
are: The Bible . . . in the Begin-
ning, an inspiring spectacle of the
first six chapters of Genesis, told
in the words of the scriptures;
Gentle Ben, an adventure about a
young boy who adopts a wild bear;
Rings Around the World, a presen-
tation of circus acts from many
countries, with Don Ameche as
narrator; The Wrong Box, a com-
edy spoof with mystery, suspense,
slapstick, and Victorian romance;
Romeo and Juliet, the Prokfiev
ballet, which features Britain's
Royal Ballet and its stars, Rudolf
Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn;
Texas Across the River, a spoof on
westerns, which stars Dean Martin.
Motion pictures reviewed on this page are neither approved nor recom-
mended by the Church or the Era. They are, however, in the judgment of
the reviewer, among the least objectionable of the current films.
• It is often easy at testimony meeting to identify
the mother of a newborn baby as the father prepares
to give it a name and a father's blessing. On her
face, for all the congregation to see, are mirrored
joy, pride, and happiness.
To the parents, no such child was ever before
born into the world. They are right. - Their baby is
unique— no other child in all the world is like him.
What plans! What ideals! What goals they have in .
mind for their little one! They dream— and reverently
so— of helping him become all that our Heavenly
Father intended him to be.
The years pass by quickly. The precious baby
soon becomes a mischievous child full of curiosity
and into everything. As the child goes from one
thing to another, a frown hardens on the face of the
mother. Sharp words explode from the father, in
contrast to those calming words at the testimony
meeting long ago. What has happened, that this
precious child has now become a nuisance, a bother?
Is he less precious now than when he was a baby?
Soon the child becomes a teenager. Unfortunately,
judging from their agitation, what a trial he has be-
come to his parents! How his speech patterns and
actions embarrass them! His values? "My, how they
are unlike ours!" his parents say. What happened to
these thoughts, dreams, plans that were so much a
part of that blessing given the child years ago?
At such a time in the life of the child, things need
to be placed in perspective— and should have been
long ago. If the dreams parents have for their baby
are to come true, they must lay early the foundation
for their fulfillment. For example, can one expect
a child to learn how to behave properly at the dinner
table with company when he has never before
experienced eating in the dining room at a table with
a snow-white cloth and set with the best dishes and
silver? Oh, I know— the little child will spill food
on the cloth; he will chip or break the good dishes.
Wait until he is older and knows how to act; then
he may eat in the dining room with guests.
But is a guest more important than one's own child?
Parents' Dreams and Home Evening
Why not give children choice experiences while
they are young? Give them a sense of appreciation
for nice things and the care such things should have.
For a number of years our Church leaders have
been putting forth great effort to help parents make
home what God intends it to be— a place of peace and
happiness, where each member has a sense of be-
longing, where family members play, work, and sing
together, where people are most important.
But in our frantic race to accumulate worldly wealth,
things have become more important than people.
Social prestige and influence have become paramount.
In general, the world welcomes those who are suc-
cessful and gives a nod of approval to those who have
money to buy material things. Hence, in young and
old alike, there is often a desperate struggle to become
"successful," to feel needed in the world, to receive
the world's approval, and to feel secure in places
outside the home.
It is not surprising, then, that some homes have
become hurried, pressured places in which there is no
time to do those things that make us feel truly secure,
wanted, and needed. There seldom seems time to
do what we ought to do at the time that we ought
to do it.
This is only one reason that one hour each week
spent with our family in a well-organized family hour
is a priceless experience for both parents and children.
Is anyone too busy for that? In a short time, after
our children will have left us, what wouldn't we then
give for an hour with our family gathered around us!
But by then it is too late. The product of our early
dreams and our actual home life will already have
been molded, for better or for worse.
Call your family together regularly. Come to know
each other intimately. Share with each other your
hopes, your ideals, your goals, your problems, your
discouragements, your misgivings, your fears. What
a pillar of strength we could be to one another! And
there is no better way to keep those early dreams
foremost in our mind as we help each of our children
to unfold his own unique greatness, o
By Thelma de Jong
Thelma de Jong is clinical supervisor of secondary education
at Brigham Young University and a member of the Primary
Illustrated by Warren and
By A. LaVar Thornock
Coordinator of the Snake River Valley District Seminaries
• Recently someone asked this question: "How can
anyone determine how effective a teacher really is?"
Numerous thoughts raced through my mind as I
sought a concise and simple answer. I was aware of
statements of philosophers and great thinkers, of
voluminous writings enumerating the characteristics
of the master teacher, and of various modern findings
in character education. I remembered many exciting
classes that dealt with the subject, along with a few
unproductive ones that I had personally attended
during my own school years. And, finally, I recalled
my experience the past few years as a seminary
coordinator. All of these flashed through my mind
as I realized, with my associates, the implications
behind the thought-provoking question.
Henry Adams has said, "A teacher affects eternity;
he can never tell where his influence stops." I am
certain this is true; thus, it is possible we will never
know how effective a teacher really is. But there
are some indicators we can observe that let us know
whether or not he may be effective.
What are these common denominators that are ob-
servable in most master teachers? The key to this
question is to determine what it was that made Jesus
Christ the greatest teacher of all time.
The one readily discernible attribute that doubtless
gave birth to all the other great qualities Jesus
portrayed was his great capacity to love. Let us look
at three general areas in which his love was clearly
evident: First, there was his great love for his Father
and for the plan of exaltation initiated in the pre-
mortal life. Second, there was his genuine love for
all mankind as his brothers and sisters. Third, there
was his personal acceptance of himself as literally the
Son of God. His own self-image as the Son of God
gave him confidence and knowledge so evident to his
audiences that they described him as one who taught
with authority. (See Matt. 7:29.)
Any teacher who develops these attributes will be
effective and productive. Those who enter his class
will be impressed immediately with the beauty and
spirituality radiating from his enthusiastic personality.
Although these attributes come from the inner man,
they are reflected in numerous ways that may be ob-
served in the actions of the outer man.
Love of God
We discern the depth of a teachers love for his
Father in heaven as we pray with him, see his faith,
and note his loyalty to God's anointed. We see it in
his expressed reverence for life and, more especially,
in his respect for motherhood and fatherhood. Lowell
Bennion notes: "The real gospel teacher has a basic,
underlying commitment to his Father in heaven. He
seeks to know his will, to live worthy of his Spirit,
to be courageously loyal to his attributes and to his
purposes. He lives and teaches for him. He is
engaged in his work." (The Instructor, March 1966,
The teacher who loves his Heavenly Father does
not rely on his own wisdom and knowledge, regardless
of how extensive his training and preparation might
be. He seeks strength and guidance through prayer.
President David O. McKay has said: ". . . every
teacher in the world— should offer a prayer before he
meets his students. The teacher, sensing his responsi-
bility, should realize his dependence upon a greater
"Teachers have the greatest responsibility of any-
one in the world— the guidance of a human soul!"
(The Instructor, September 1965, p. 343.)
There is about the teacher who seeks the compan-
ionship of the Spirit of the Lord a sincerity that
permeates the classroom and is felt by all. This
teacher knows he must harmonize his life with the
gospel so that he will be worthy of the promptings
of the Spirit.
Love of Fellowman
Everyone is impressed with Christ's ability to
understand and accept all of his Father's children. He
understood and accepted the tax collector, the wine-
bibber, the adulterer, the physically ill, the soldier,
the lawyer, the aged, the child. His mind and heart
were not compartmentalized by prejudices and hates.
He had the ability to separate the sin from the
sinner. He taught them all by using stories or parables
that were on subjects familiar to his audiences and
that portrayed the great principles he desired his
listeners to understand.
The effective teacher sees and understands his
students as separate individuals. He is sensitive to
their personal needs, and he appeals to their needs
in order to excite and involve them in the principles
of the gospel. He realizes that, in a sense, every
person born into the world fills a space. He comes
to understand that this space is very personal and
that no one enters another's space until he is invited to
do so by the person who occupies it. Otherwise he
will be treated as an intruder and, consequently,
rejected. Thus it becomes a real challenge for the
teacher to find a way to enter each student's personal
space. He must understand that this space, filled
as it is with emotionally toned experiences, will repel
logic, reasoning, and whisperings of the Spirit unless
the student has confidence in and respect for the
The effective teacher develops great variety in his
methodology and in his presentation so that his les-
sons appeal to each student's need for new experiences.
His lessons are exciting because he has prepared them
creatively. Each lesson involves the majority, if not
all, of his students. Ample recognition is given each
student who participates so that he feels his con-
tribution is important. Each student develops a
feeling of freedom to express his true feelings, know-
ing his teacher will understand even if the student's
responses are not in harmony with most of his
peers. Consequently, those students learn that they
can get recognition without resorting to negative
The productive teacher develops a mature philos-
ophy of discipline with progressive steps to take care
of each situation as it arises in the classroom. His
discipline is firm, fair, friendly, and consistent. The
students feel secure, because they know where
the limits are. They develop an inner discipline that
seldom challenges the limits set by the teacher, be-
cause they respect and admire him. Such students
know their teacher genuinely loves each of them and
that he is interested in their lives.
The effective teacher is sensitive to minimal cues.
He does not ignore the student who comes to class
visibly upset, the student who daydreams, the student
who is a social misfit, the student who is boisterous.
In fact, he notes any action that reflects unhappiness.
He reflects to these students an interest that permits
them to share their burden, knowing that he will
help them because he really loves and understands
The good teacher learns to listen to feelings
expressed by students rather than to words alone,
since words are often misleading. If a student asks
a common academic question, but is motivated by a
The Spoken Word
Richard L. Evans
The parable of the talents is still in force, and it is more than a parable;
it is. an effective truth that tends to shape a person to the size and
capacity that he sets for himself with his willingness or unwillingness
to use the gifts and opportunities that God has given. There are those
who slow down, who reduce themselves, who refuse to work as well
as they can, to do as well as they can, to produce as well as they can, to
perform as well as they can. This is a self-defeating process that is
often in evidence. But there is another side of this subject in which
some are held back by actions or attitudes or decisions other than their
own, as, for example, in the learning process, when someone decides
that all students should move at the same pace. It isn't easy to change
the pattern or the pace for all the individual aptitudes. But if we
reconcile ourselves to say that since we can't speed up the slow ones
we must slow down the fast ones, the resulting waste and frustration
cannot be calculated. All have their gifts, their strengths, their weaknesses.
their various abilities and different capacities, and progress comes with
freedom to move forward and not from holding back in an attempt to
equalize everything. Some would slow down thinking; some would
slow down working; some would seem to want to slow down any process
of improvement. But if people hadn't been permitted to use their free
and forward-moving powers, life would be impoverished. Every man
should give full measure, and so receive, and not grudgingly withhold
himself or slow down his thought, his abilities, his full powers of per-
formance. Every man should become the best he can become, and make
what he can make, and do what he can do. Every child, every student
should be permitted to move forward freely, constructively, to the best
of his ability. And he who is grudging in his learning, in his teaching,
in serving, in doing, will, like the unprofitable servant, lose much he
might have had. God help us to go ahead with the freedom, with the
gifts and talents and opportunities he has given, and not be less than
the best we can.
"The Spoken Word" from Temple Square, presented over KSL and the Columbia
Broadcasting System, October 9, 1966. Copyright 1966.
personal reason, the teacher should
know this. For example, a student
asks the following question: "If
a couple were not married in the
temple but otherwise are living
good lives, won't they have each
other and their children in the
To answer such a question, a
teacher might have the student turn
to the scriptures and then feel that
he has done a commendable job.
However, if he really loves this
student and knows why the ques-
tion was asked, he will be much
more effective if he also tells a
faith-promoting story of someone
who, through prayer and living the
gospel, had such an influence on
her parents that they came to a
knowledge and testimony of the
gospel and then went to the temple,
having their family sealed to them.
In the first situation, the student
might leave the class thinking,
"Shucks, what is the use of even
trying to live the gospel? I won't
be with my parents anyway." In
the second situation, the student
will probably leave the class think-
ing, "Boy, I've really got to shape
up and help my parents under-
stand the gospel so they will go to
the temple and have me sealed
Thus, the effective teacher
knows the tremendous strength of
three little words: me, here, now!
He knows that the great stories
and principles given to the peoples
and prophets of the past will have
little effect on the lives of his
students until he can make them
meaningful in their lives here and
Love of Self
Brigham Young said, "The great-
est lesson you can learn is to know
yourselves. When we know our-
selves, we know how to deal with
our neighbors. You have come
here to learn this. You cannot
learn it immediately, neither can
all the philosophy of the age teach
it to you; you have to come here
to get a practical experience and to
know yourselves. You will then
begin to learn more perfectly the
things of God. No being can thor-
oughly know himself, without
understanding more or less of the
things of God; neither can any
being learn and understand the
things of God, without knowing
himself; he must know himself, or
he can never know God." (Journal
of Discourses, Vol. 8, pp. 334-35.)
In considering the area of love
of self, the effective teacher devel-
ops a practice of self-examination.
Through introspection, he comes
to understand a great deal about
why he thinks and feels as he
does. He does not forget his
present or past weaknesses, but, be-
cause he understands the atonement
and the principles of repentance,
he comes to accept himself. He
makes his past failures work for
him, rather than against him.
Although he knows that his ulti-
mate goal is perfection, he does
not take himself too seriously. He
has a sense of humor, which helps
him over the rough spots in the
classroom. When he makes a mis-
take, he can laugh at himself and
not be so threatened that he loses
As he gains experience, he also
gains a testimony of the real pur-
pose of life. He knows that God
lives and that he controls the uni-
verse. He understands that just as
surely as the universe is controlled
by physical law, there are also
spiritual laws that are absolute.
He develops a very personal rela-
tionship with the God of this earth,
and in a spirit of gratitude, he
realizes he has a mission and a
destiny. Part of that destiny is to
be an effective teacher.
Poetry of S. Dilworth Young
In the September issue I was in-
trigued by the poetry written by
President S. Dilworth Young of the
First Council of the Seventy and
would like to read the entire work
from which your excerpts were taken.
I thought his poetry was a moving
and graphic description of the Prophet
and of Vermont landscape, written in
a style that young and old could
Mrs. George L. Knepp
Salt Lake City
President Young's poetry is some of
the finest I have read dealing with
Mormon history. I have almost com-
pletely committed it to memory.
Mrs. Eva L. Hassell
Los Alamos, New Mexico
The stanzas titled "The Boyhood of
Joseph Smith" brought a certain good-
ness and meaning to me that I had
not had before.
My wife and I and our friends very
much enjoyed the poems of S. Dil-
worth Young. Poetry of this caliber
on such a subject is very rare.
Lynn J. Bennion
His poetry is set forth in strong
imagery, in straight-forward move-
ment of line and language, and with
an excellent feeling of reality.
Salt Lake City
I find it to be one of the clearest
and most refreshing presentations of
the Prophet's life that I have yet
E. Alan Pettit
Poetry does not normally appeal to
me, but I was deeply touched by
the emotion expressed in President
Young's verse. It is an exceptional
work. Will you be publishing more
Kay M. Wallace
Few articles or poems have elicited
as much favorable public response
as has President Young's poetry. We
are pleased to announce that in a
future issue we will carry additional
excerpts from President Young's book-
The Spoken Word
What Are We Waiting For?
Richard L. Evans
It sometimes seems that we live as if we wonder when life is going to
begin. It isn't always clear just what we are waiting for, but some of
us sometimes persist in waiting so long that life slips by— finding us still
waiting for something that has been going on all the time. There are
fathers waiting for a better time to become acquainted with their sons,
perhaps until other obligations are less demanding. But one of these
days these sons are going to be grown and gone, and the best years
for knowing them, for enjoying them, for teaching, and for understand-
ing them may also be gone. There are mothers who at their earliest
convenience sincerely intend to be more attentive to the plans and the
problems, to the goings and comings, of their daughters, and who are
going to be more companionable. But time passes, distance widens,
and children grow up and away. There are old friends who are going
to enjoy each other a little more, but the years move on. There are
husbands and wives who are going to be more understanding, more
considerate. But time alone does not draw people closer. There are
men who are going to give up bad habits; there are people who are
going to eat more wisely; there are those who are going to live within
their means— sometime soon. There are those who are going to take
more interest in their government. But when? There is no reason to
doubt all such good intentions, but when in the world are we going
to begin to live as if we understood that this is life? This is our time,
our day, our generation. Heaven and the hereafter will have its own
opportunities and obligations. This is the life in which the work of
this life is to be done. Today is as much a part of eternity as any day
a thousand years ago or as will be any day a thousand years hence.
This is it, whether we are thrilled or disappointed, busy or bored! This
is life, and it is passing. What are we waiting for?
"The Spoken Word" from Temple Square, presented over KSL and the Columbia
Broadcasting System November 27, 1966. Copyright 1966.
length poem, on the life of the Prophet
His poetry is very lovely; but the
thing I like best is that it is easy to
It Gets Around
What happy memories come to me
when I read the Era and remember
my association with Latter-day Saints
around the world. Particularly did I
enjoy the September "Era Asks" on
converts. You may be interested in
how one magazine gets around. I
sent it to a friend at college, who
posted it to a boy in the forces, who
in turn sent it to another friend at
Mary H. Walker
What Do Saints Know of Each Other?
I was somewhat puzzled in reading
in September's "Era Asks" the state-
ments of stake leaders from several
nations and to learn of their apparent
lack of knowledge concerning fellow
Latter-day Saints around the world.
With the many missionaries in many
parts of the world, visits of general
authorities and auxiliary leaders, the
Church News, the Era, and wide-
spread temple publicity, I wonder if
the statements printed were edited in
the interest of space and if there were
not some qualifying comments.
Max B. Zimmer
All "Era Asks" interviews are tape
recorded. A careful check of the tape
for this interview shows that a faith-
ful and accurate reprint was made,
with no qualifying comments left out.
From the Halls of Montezuma
As a U.S. Marine, I want to express
how I enjoy the Era, how welcome it
is to read, and how much good it does
for those of us in the military services.
Cpl. Ronald D. Christensen
San Diego, California
I wish all youth everywhere could
read it. Such a wealth of striking
pictures painted with so few words!
How forceful are his short lines!
Mrs. J. W. Pratt
By Dr. G. Homer Durham
President, Arizona State
• In October and November 1966
the President of the United States
spent 17 days in the Pacific and
East Asia sectors of the world-
Samoa, New Zealand, Australia,
Viet Nam, Korea, the Philippines,
and other areas. His presence
there symbolized the deepening
American involvement in the prob-
lems of Asia.
In September 1965, National
Geographic published the fact that
the U.S. Air Force maintained 65
installations overseas. These in-
cluded Yokota Air Base in Japan;
the headquarters of the 5th Air
u illustrated by
The Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir, singing at the 92nd annual
convention of the American Bankers Association in San
Francisco's civic auditorium, was well received by nearly 4,000
A recent decision of the general authorities was announced
requesting that Sunday School teachers not take classes on
excursions during the regular Sunday School hours.
?1 New stake presidencies sustained. Garfield (Utah) Stake,
J President Lorenzo C. Shurtz and counselors Malen A. Mecham
and Reeves V. Baker; Modesto (California) Stake, President D.
Leon Ward and counselors Ronald V. Stone and William B. Hughes.
Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve dedi-
cated South Viet Nam for the preaching of the gospel.
Elder Marion G. Romney of the Council of the Twelve dedi-
cated Venezuela for the preaching of the gospel. On October
31 he registered the Church with the government of that South
Thailand was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel
by Elder Gordon B. Hinckley of the Council of the Twelve.
It was announced that Ferdinand E. Peterson has been
named director of the hosting committee of the Church
information committee. He will direct several hundred hosts
who welcome visitors to Salt Lake City and take them to points
A crew of three from the British Broadcasting Corporation
was working in Salt Lake City on a 30-minute TV and radio pro-
gram on the Mormons. Their project will require two weeks' work
in Salt Lake City and another two weeks in Great Britain. It is
Force at Fuchu, Japan; Osan Air
Base, Korea; Nana and Kadena air
bases, Okinawa; Clark Air Base,
Luzon, the Philippines; Andersen
Air Base, Guam; and bases in
Taiwan, Viet Nam, Thailand, and
MATS, the U.S. Military Air
Transport Service, was described
as "the most far-flung military or-
ganization in the world, with
90,000 people and more than a
thousand air-craft," a "160,000 mile
globe-girdling network." A mighty
U.S. fleet has patrolled the For-
mosan Strait since 1949. Sasebo
Naval Base in Japan is a major
U.S. naval station. Even without
the military buildup in South Viet
Nam (reported as now exceeding
that of Korea during 1950-1953),
the American "presence" has been
apparent. The visit of the Presi-
dent emphasized the fact to all the
In Anchorage, Alaska, on Novem-
ber 2, President Johnson described
the 17-day trip "as the most im-
portant and most historic trip" of
What about its importance in the
history of the United States and
expected that the program will be viewed and heard by some
New stake presidency sustained: Canyon Rim (Salt Lake
County) Stake, President Stanley G. Smith and counselors
Warren B. Brown and Luther W. Palmer.
All missionaries of the Church serving in Italy are safe, after
one of the worst floods in Italian history. Elder Ezra Taft
Benson of the Council of the Twelve, who is traveling in Europe,
made this report by telephone to President Hugh B. Brown.
The Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir and the Utah National
Guard's 23rd Army Band presented a Veteran's Day concert
this evening in the Tabernacle.
The First Presidency announced that General Superintendent
George R. Hill of the Deseret Sunday School Union has
been granted a release. Also released were members of the Sun-
day School general board; however, the two assistant general
superintendents, David Lawrence McKay and Lynn S. Richards,
have been asked to continue in their posts until a new superin-
tendency is appointed. Superintendent Hill had served in the
position since September 1949, when he succeeded Milton Bennion.
He was then serving as first assistant to Superintendent Bennion.
The appointment of Mrs. Ola D. Wilcock of Salt Lake City
to the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association
general board was announced.
The First Presidency announced the appointments of Reed E.
Callister of Glendale, California, as president of the British
Mission, succeeding President O. Preston Robinson; and J. Peter
Loscher, recently released as president of the Austrian Mission, as
president of the North German Mission. He succeeds President
Myron O. Bangerter, who is returning home on medical leave.
other nations? The President's visit
again dramatized the policy of re-
sisting Communism in Asia, much
as the Berlin airlift demonstrated in
Europe nearly twenty years ago.
But the two situations are very
In the case of western Europe,
American land, sea, and air forces
occupied Germany, England, and
France alongside British, French,
and other allied troops. Their sup-
port was for mature nations,
characterized by urban life and its
inter dependencies, and possessing
The Viet Nam war is the second
demonstration of the American in-
tent in Asia. The first example
came in the Korean War fifteen
years ago and ended in stalemate.
The Panmunjom rituals continue
to this day, an armed truce. The
Korean demonstration involved,
largely, organized warfare between
two highly organized sides— the
United Nations forces against the
North Koreans and Chinese, with
Russian supplies and support. The
Viet Nam case involves guerilla
warfare, an enemy whose visibility
as an organized mass is often in-
distinct. It is a civil war with strong
ideological overtones. Viet Nam is
an old country without a long re-
cent history of governmental sta-
bility. Rather, it is an "emerging
nation" attempting to find itself in
the 20th century after French
Weapons were a major factor in
Europe and in Korea. In Europe
it was actually the demonstrated
threat and capability of weapons,
rather than their use, that deter-
mined the outcome. In Viet Nam,
the issue, in the long run, may well
be the control of land and of food
supply for the guerillas. President
Johnson reported that he returned
"much more confident and much
more hopeful" than when he left.
But the road to peace in Viet Nam
"may be long and difficult," he
To many, the American presence
in Asia represents superior fire-
power and weaponry. So appeared
the Portuguese, the British, the
Dutch, and the French in former
days. What can the American
presence do to convince the Asiatic
farmer that there is a better way
than the Viet Cong or the red
guard? This question faces us in
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• The number of kind acts done by many people to
others is beyond counting. Because of the principle
taught to Christians in their youth that one must not
let the left hand know what the right hand is doing,
and its corollary to the effect that one gives his alms
in secret, that the Lord may reward him openly,
these kindly acts are difficult to ferret out. Yet we
occasionally need to know of them to reassure our-
selves that good deeds are indeed worthwhile, that
their effects are as far reaching as if they have no
We learned of such a deed a few days ago. We
do not know the names of the people concerned, nor
do we know the name of the bishop, but we do
know that the deed was done and the persons in-
volved given the lift necessary at the moment of
need. This is the story:
Elder Jones and his family ( name fictitious ) moved
into a Salt Lake City suburb from Phoenix, Arizona.
They had loaded the furniture and other possessions
into a large rented trailer and pulled the whole load
with their own car. To complicate the task of moving,
Mrs. Jones had broken her arm the day before they
left Phoenix. The move brought them in the neigh-
borhood of a sister-in-law, who immediately came
over to help unload.
Elder Jones and his sister-in-law with the help of
three children had unloaded a part of the trailer,
but the remainder consisted of the heavy furniture
and appliances. Elder Jones wondered how he would
get this material in the house.
Just then up the sidewalk came two men. One
extended his hand.
"I am the bishop of this ward; are you folks Latter-
"Yes," said Elder Jones.
"We have an urgent call up the street, but if you
will rest for a few minutes, there will be someone
here to lift the heavy furniture," said the bishop. He
and his companion walked on.
About fifteen minutes later porch lights suddenly
went on up and down the street. From ten nearby
houses came ten young men who were soon standing
at the trailer.
"The bishop says you are moving in and need some
help. Now you direct us where to put the furniture."
In thirty minutes the trailer was empty, the furni-
ture in place, and the young men were back to their
newspapers, their TV programs, or their family home
Such acts, giving aid and buoying up the spirits of
those new in the ward, and nonmembers too, are
often done, their occurrence passing notice because
they want no notice. But they are the acts that put
the breath of life into the body and give us all
spiritual strength. We are organized as a church to
do these acts quickly and well. We court them and
do them, and we are glad that they are acts worthy
of the priesthood.
But let us not forget that, worthy as the above-
mentioned occurrence was, and as proud as we are
of the men who performed the deed, the fact that
we are organized to serve should not make us deaf
to needs that we can assume to help without awaiting
the bishop's call. In our opinion, those neighbors,
seeing the trailer, should have known there would
be need and should not have waited for the bishop
to call them to their duty. They performed the duty
well. They responded to the bishop. But had they
noticed, they would not have waited for the bishop. O
Presiding Bishopric's Page
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llWstrSpted by Dale Kilbourn
are we going
to do about it?
• THE PROBLEM: The bishop first learned about
it late Tuesday evening when the phone rang and he
heard the earnest voice of one of the high councilors.
After a pleasant exchange of words, the voice on the
other end laughed with some slight embarrassment,
and then got down to business:
"You know, Bishop, we've just had our weekly
high council meeting, and I've been asked to call
you." There was a slight pause. "We spent a good
deal of time going over the problems presented by
the Aaronic Priesthood— Youth committee. I'm a
member, as you know, and we discussed the statis-
tical end quite a bit." Another pause. "The president
was quite unhappy about some of the wards, the
ones who are down so far in priesthood meeting
attendance. . ."
The bishop waited for him to go on, listening
carefully to the words, the explanations. He won-
dered how many times had he made the same kind
of call: cheer them up, pay them a compliment or
two, then get to the point.
". . . so it seems your ward doesn't stack up very
high with the rest of the stake. In fact, your teachers
quorum has been at the very bottom two months in
a row now."
The bishop sat and listened. He understood the
call and its need. He was very much aware of his
teachers quorum and where they stood statistically,
but he also was aware of the MIA and the Primary.
They were on top of the stake statistics. And he
rated high in many other areas. A little resentment
edged into his mind, and he smiled as the high coun-
cilor's words broke through his thoughts. ". . . and
so, since the Aaronic Priesthood is your main responsi-
bility, it was suggested that if you put your strongest
man in as the teachers quorum adviser, it would
certainly. . . ."
He held the smile. Everything seemed to be his
main responsibility; everyone wanted him to put his
strongest man in the one key position. Yet, a point
was being made over the phone: the Aaronic Priest-
hood really was his main responsibility. But what
could he do? And where was there another strong
man to strengthen the teachers?
"Well, I know you're awfully busy ... so I won't
keep you any longer. The president said to be sure
and congratulate you on the tremendous job your
MIA is doing. It's leading the stake, you know."
Another wry smile crept across his face as the bishop
hung up the phone.
But the high councilor was right: the Aaronic
Priesthood should have been his principal considera-
tion. He'd put a lot of time into the MIA over the
past few months, and he was proud, indeed, of the
burgeoning accomplishments there. But in so doing,
perhaps he had neglected his teachers quorum.
A sigh escaped as he sat there thinking. It was
late now, but it would be bright and sunny Sunday
morning when he'd be telling his counselors of the
phone call. He winced a bit as he contemplated
exactly how his second counselor would look when
he'd lean over and say, in that eternally cheery voice:
"All right, Bishop, what are we going to do about it?"
THE SOLUTION: Several days had given him time
for preparation when this query came up, as he
knew it would. He now had a comfortable feeling
about it. He'd done something he hadn't done in a
good long time: he'd read carefully the Aaronic
Priesthood handbook. But he was anxious to test
his own feelings against those of his counselors.
"Frankly, brethren, while I appreciate the sugges-
tion that we put a stronger man in as quorum adviser,
I wonder if that will really solve our problem. I
mean, I personally feel that Brother Bennett has made
an honest effort in this position, and I'm wondering
just where we'd get a better man without disrupting
some other organization. I think the problem with
the teachers quorum goes deeper than merely
strengthening the adviser."
The bishop leaned back. His counselors had been
with him for several years, and they both recognized
this as their invitation to comment.
"Bishop, since my assignment is - with the teachers,
I'd like to back you up in supporting Brother Bennett.
He's a good fellow. But I'd also like to point out
that we have a relatively small quorum— just twelve
boys. If only four boys are absent, that drops us
down to 66 percent."
"Oh, I don't really think we're talking about per-
centages," said the bishop. "I think we're talking
about four boys. What the stake says is true enough.
Our teachers quorum is in bad shape. The only
thing is, they have to cite statistics; but we can give
their percentages names, boys' names. It's the four
or five boys we seem to be losing that concern me
most, and after them I'm worried about the
"The presidency?" exclaimed the first counselor.
"Why, we have our finest boys in that teachers
presidency. They don't give us a minute's trouble."
He said this with finality, but the bishop quickly
picked him up on it.
"That's right, not a minute's trouble or a minute's
help." He was ready to make his point now, so he
leaned forward, resting both hands on the table.
"Brethren, I submit that we've failed the teachers
presidency, and that they in turn have failed the boys
we're losing. I suggest that the proper order of the
Aaronic Priesthood is for us to train the presidencies
and for them to train their quorums."
Both counselors shuffled nervously, but he went on:
"You know, I did a great thing after that phone call,
something I hadn't done since they called us into
the bishopric. I dusted off my Aaronic Priesthood
manual and read it— every word! And I want you to
know that we've missed the boat as far as training
these boys to become leaders in the Church is con-
cerned." He was silent, letting his words sink in.
"Why, how can we ever hope to teach them respect
for priesthood authority when we've been so hap-
hazard about having them hold their meeting as a
presidency? When did they hold the last one, or,
more importantly, when did they hold one in which
they really shouldered their responsibilities in regard
to getting out their inactive members? Or making
"When a teacher takes an assignment and then
sloughs it off, who fills in for him? A member of the
presidency. But does anyone ever say anything to
him? Is he ever counseled or cautioned or loved or
reproached?" There was a longer silence now. "I
maintain, and I see it clearly now, that the responsi-
bility for shaping up the quorum isn't. ours. It isn't
even Brother Bennett's. It belongs to them— the boys,
the presidency!" And then he added softly and with
a finality of his own, "But the responsibility for giving
this vision, this challenge to the presidency, will
always be ours."
# # # « #
Nearly six months later, sitting again in their office,
the bishopric faced two anxious young men. One of
the boys, the smiling one, was a teacher, an active
member of an active quorum. A half year earlier he'd
been wholly inactive, merely a statistic on a report
bandied about one night in high council meeting.
Now he stood before the bishop a little ill at ease but
nevertheless proud of what he was about to say.
"Bishop, you know Tom here. He's been coming
out to church regularly with me for quite a while.
He's been pretty active in our quorum, except, of
course, he can't take some of the assignments, since
he isn't a member of the Church. Now he wants to
join. However, Tom's father doesn't want him to be
baptized. Of course, that's just because he doesn't
really understand. So I told Tom I was sure you
would go see his dad and. . . ."
The bishop was already lost in a reverie of thought.
And satisfying as those words were, yet he shuddered
slightly at the next words he'd hear after they'd
gone, when that cheery-voiced counselor would look
squarely at him and say: "All right, Bishop, what are
we going to do about it?"0
• "And what do you want to be
when you are grown up?" asked a
TV personality of a small girl.
Without hesitation she answered, "I
want to be a mommy with lots of
children." Was that your wish as
a child? And have your dreams
come true? Surely you are still
dreaming and setting new goals so
that you might live happily ever
I don't mean that now that you
have your family you should think
about getting out of your home to
move on to what some people call
"bigger things." I mean you should
dream of bigger things in the home.
You can lift yourself out of the
mundane and be a better wife, a
better mother, and a better person
than you have ever been before.
Your challenge is how and where
to begin. The ground you cover in
your life is not always a test of the
depth within you. Take time to
examine yourself. Know how much
of you is "gold" and how much is
worthless glitter. Be honest with
yourself in this evaluation, and you
will see what you have become and
have a vision of your possibilities.
One mother, with the means to
do it, picked up her family and
traveled some two hundred miles
at the beginning of the summer
and settled herself and seven chil-
dren at a university. She had
decided to study for her master's
degree. Last summer was her sec-
ond one spent on this project.
When asked how she managed the
children in a strange place, she
answered, "The small ones are
wonderfully taken care of in the
nursery school, and the older ones
take classes in French, swimming,
dancing, and music." What an en-
riching time this could be for a
You may not be able to do
this even if you have the desire,
but there are many things you can
do to make yourself and your life
more interesting and worthwhile.
You could organize your life in
order to find more time to spend
with your husband and children.
You could work at making the
minutes you have with them richer
and more joyous. It isn't just giv-
ing birth to children that makes a
real mother; it is what she is able
to do with and for each child day
in and day out, year after year,
until the child reaches maturity.
Even then this mothering doesn't
stop, but in later years it should
be done with a "hands-off, no-
icy." Your maternal instincts can
enrich the lives of your grand-
children if you spend time alone
with each one, lifting, understand-
as a mother? Have you learned
from experiences, books, and peo-
ple, and become wiser and richer
each day? Or have you just stag-
nated? The choice is really your
Are you a get-your-husband-
And then do you go to the tele-
phone, to the TV, to a "nothing"
day? Or do you have goals to
work toward?— such daily goals as,
"Today I am going to have a posi-
tive attitude toward life; nothing
negative is going to be thought or
said." Or, "Today I'm going to
ing, and reaching him as an
Look back to your wedding day.
Did you think, "This is life's pin-
nacle. I have attained, I have
reached my goal, and now I can
lean back"? Generally at this time
less than one third of life has been
lived. Surely the other two thirds
should not be spent sliding down- find time to listen to some good
hill. music and bring my children under
Glancing back at ten, twenty, its spell." Or, "Today I'm going to
forty, or even fifty years of married act like a lady, never deviating.'
life, what have you become? Are This list could go on and on.
you a success as a person, as a wife, Longer goals should also be set,
Illustrated by Ruth Glick
such as, "Today I'll register for a
class in art, writing, music, religion,
or language." Or, "This entire
year I'll never think of myself first;
my husband and children shall
always be my first consideration."
Or, "This season I'll give a bigger
part of myself to my church work;
it is important." Or, "From now
on I'll work at being the wife my
husband can be proud of and I'll
live in such a way that my chil-
dren will enjoy my company."
If these and other goals are set
and worked toward, each day will
be good, the looking back on
life will be enjoyable, and you will
be successful in your "career" of
A New Year's Resolution :
One area in which every family
can improve is in food planning
and preparation for the first meal
of the day. This early morning
time of day. I don't know anyone
who relishes a rich chocolate
sundae upon arising, but that
doesn't preclude a small scoop of
vanilla ice cream in an eggnog for
that teenage girl who is always on
the run. Many is the time I slipped
two eggs in an eggnog to guarantee
nourishment for a high school
daughter before she left for school,
She never knew the extra egg was
there, but the energy generated
was rewarding. Meat, soup, cheese,
and vegetables can all be included
in the breakfast menu. This is the
actual breaking of a twelve-hour
fast, and the body needs replen-
Let us plan interesting, nutritious
breakfasts for early-day "get-going"
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likes and dislikes are considered.
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2 tablespoons butter
1 can condensed cream of mushroom
y 2 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
6 slices buttered whole wheat toast
Melt the butter in a heavy skillet. Blend
the soup and milk, add to butter in
skillet, and heat to boiling (do not let
it scorch). Gently slip eggs, one at a
time, into the sauce. Cook over very
low heat until the whites are firm. Place
each egg on a slice of toast. Top with
the sauce. Serve immediately.
Easy Scrambled Eggs
V4 cup milk
Vz teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 tablespoons butter
Break the eggs into a bowl; add the
milk, salt, and pepper. Beat thoroughly
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Cheese Baked Egg Cups
6 slices bacon
4 slices toast
Salt and pepper
Vz cup shredded Cheddar cheese
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time, into custard cup and slip into
toast ring; season with salt and pepper.
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about 20 minutes or to the desired
firmness. Remove from pan carefully
with spatula; serve at once.
1 pound dried prunes
2 small cinnamon sticks
1 orange, thinly sliced
V4 cup brown sugar
Cover the prunes with water. Add the
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Deviled Ham Toast
Poach the eggs gently to the desired
firmness. Serve on hot toast that
has been spread with deviled ham.
Spoon chilled apricot nectar over
canned pears. Garnish with a thin
slice of lemon or lime.
Pancakes with Hot Spiced Apple-
sauce: To one 15-ounce can apple-
sauce add l / 2 teaspoon fresh lemon
juice, V& teaspoon cinnamon, a dash of
ground cloves, and Vi CU P brown
sugar. Heat through and serve over
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cups of sauce.
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Vi cup finely chopped onion
Y 3 cup finely chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons shortening
1 can condensed mushroom soup
Y 2 cup milk
Y 2 teaspoon salt
6 large English muffins, split and
Cook the onion and green pepper in
the shortening until tender. Add the
ground beef and cook until browned.
Pour off all drippings. (This part can
be done the night before.) Combine
soup, milk, and salt and add to the
beef mixture. Cook until heated
through — about 5 minutes. Serve on
toasted English muffins. Sprinkle
1 can pineapple juice (1 pint,
1 pint orange sherbet
1 orange, sliced thin
Chill the pineapple juice well. Blend
in electric blender or mixer with the
slightly softened orange sherbet. Serve
at once with a twist of orange slice as
1 can condensed consomme
1 can tomato soup
1 can water
Heat, serve, and enjoy.
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Home, Sweet Home
A happy new year is:
a 3-year-old child able to count
a 5-year-old child whose kinder-
garten teacher loves little
a 6-year-old girl with no front
an 8-year-old boy whose father
a 12-year-old who goes to girl's
camp for the first time,
a 16-year-old teenager who has
his driving license,
an 18-year-old boy reading a
letter of acceptance to the college
of his choice.
a 19-year-old young man with a
a 22-year-old girl saying, "We
will be married in June, and I'm
going to help him get his
a 24-year-old couple looking down
into a crib and saying, "He's
ours; he's perfect."
a 45-year-old man with an arm
around his new son-in-law.
a 48-year-old grandmother saying,
"This is the most beautiful
baby in the whole world."
a 70-year-old woman claiming,
"I'm far too young to have a
a 71-year-old man maintaining
that life begins with a
an 80-year-old grandparent
surrounded by a family who cares.
Illustrated by Ted Nagata
Love at h
By John J Stewart
University Editor and Professor
of Journalism, Utah State University
• When your young son and daughter come sit on
your knee, snuggle up comfortably, look at you
expectantly, and say, "Daddy, tell us what it was
like, living in the olden days," then you know it's
later than you think.
But who can resist an invitation like that, with
such an appreciative audience? And anyway, it's
part of the fun of family home evening, the only
program in our house with a higher rating than TV.
All through the week the children ask, "When are
we going to have home evening?" They are even
willing to build the fire in the fireplace, bringing in
the coal, logs, and kindling wood. Having a fire in
the fireplace may not really be necessary, but it gives
the parlor the extra touch of coziness that home
evening deserves. It's sort of like the evening
campfire on the plains.
Striking the long-stemmed match and touching it
to the fire gives our son, Robert Lane, a thrill that
only a ten-year-old can fully appreciate. (It's always
more comforting to the rest of us when he remembers
to open the draft first.)
With the lighting of the fire we are ready to begin
our program. Usually I ask one of the children to
offer the opening prayer. What pleasure there is in
hearing a child pray. At that moment God seems
After the prayer we sing a hymn together. For-
tunately, my wife and our three children have good
singing voices. Four out of five seems a good
Then comes the lesson, and everyone participates
in the discussion. As we listen to the children's
contributions we gain an ever greater appreciation
of the worth of the Sunday School, Primary, and MIA
in their lives. W T e are impressed with their under-
standing, their willingness to participate, and the
challenging questions they raise— questions more easily
asked than answered. For instance, "Where will
Peppy and Pouncey go when they die?" (They're
the dog and cat, and it's important.) Or, one that
I dread to think about, "If it's wrong to shoot birds
with a BB gun, why isn't it wrong to shoot ducks
with a shotgun?"
After the lesson and consideration of any family
problems comes the entertainment, the first part of
which is a talent hour, completely unrehearsed— as is
all too obvious, in some cases. But to fond parents,
the numbers by the children are precious. And to
long-suffering children, those by the parents are
tolerable (although more than once it has been
hinted that Dad's part should be shifted ahead to the
"family problems" portion of the program).
Rebecca, age 20, plays the piano and also does a
creative dance— not at the same time. She does each
well. Mary Helen, age 12, plays the piano, too.
Then she and Robbie stage an original skit, sort of
improvised. They each have a Shetland pony, Mokey
and Apache, and usually impersonate them in a great
horse fight or rodeo. It's exciting— and dangerous.
They've received no academy awards yet, but it
compares well with most of television. They also
have some stories to tell or riddles to pose. For in-
stance. "Why didn't the little boy brush his teeth?"
Dunno. "He didn't want his mother to fall down
the stairs." And that throws new light on one family
My wife usually reads a pioneer incident from the
family historical record, which reminds us all of our
debt to our forbearers.
Then comes my part. Though they all know what
it is going to be, they try to remain cheerful. I play
"Red River Valley" on the harmonica, which unfor-
tunately has one side missing. I have thought of
replacing it, but then what would I use as an excuse?
Sometimes they applaud when I'm finished. Once
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I mistook this for an encore request
and tried a second number. But
just then the phone rang, and they
all rushed from the room to answer
it. Even when I'm doing "Red
River Valley," it seems that the fire
always needs stirring or the dog
wants out. One night Robbie
patted me on the cheek comfort-
ingly and said, "That's all right,
Dad; you'll do better next week."
Love at home. It's wonderful.
Next come the games. My
favorite is drop the clothespin in
the bottle. You don't have to move
and you don't have to think. Some-
times we go down to the recrea-
tion room and play dodge ball or
four-square. However, the latter
is a little crowded and awkward
with five of us. But mostly we
have a treasure hunt, which either
Robbie or Mary Helen has laid
out ahead of time. Usually it's
confined to the house and yard. But
one time it took us down over the
hill to the horse pasture and up
into the hayloft, which is as far
as I got.
After the games come the re-
freshments, and by then they're
really needed. Fortunately, the
refreshments are always of high
quality. My wife and daughters see
to that. There are few things
better than a good homemade
banana cream pie or cherry cob-
bler to build family harmony and
And so with the last delicious
bite, our family home evening
comes to a close, and it's time now
to retire to bed. But, there are still
embers glowing in the fireplace,
and one, then another, finds his
way back into the parlor.
We are fortunate in having, from
our parlor window, a superb view
of beautiful, pastoral Cache Valley,
with the lofty, snow-covered Wells -
ville mountains standing guard in
the distance, and of the Logan
Temple, keeping a watch over the
city nearby. At night this majes-
tic, brilliantly illuminated temple
stands, it seems, in mid-air, like a
giant celestial gem, its light fusing
with that of the stars in the heavens
We gaze in awe and wonder at
the starry heavens above, at the
myriad constellations, countless
worlds in orbit, a constantly ex-
panding, never-ending universe,
with innumerable galaxies and
solar systems of stars and planets,
all in motion, in the most exact and
perfect order, in an eternal, celes-
tial pattern, all carefully governed
by the power of the Holy Priest-
hood of God.
We marvel at God's infinite
creative powers and at his good-
ness, that he would share this great
glory with us, let us look upon his
vast creations, and in humility feel
a oneness with him. "For behold,
this is my work and my glory— to
bring to pass the immortality and
eternal life of man." We more
fully appreciate the importance of
family home evening as we realize
that the purpose in God's great
creative powers and the splendor
of his universe center right here in
the home and family.
And we think that perhaps,
somewhere out there on a planet
of celestial glory, God himself is
calling loved ones together for a
family home evening. O
By Alice Briley
If I were wise
As a winter tree,
I would never doubt
That spring would be.
A kinder sun,
A sky more blue
Would only prove
What I always knew.
My arms might ache
With the pain of snow,
But I would be rooted
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End of an Era
We could progress a great
deal faster, and could prosper
a thousand times more than
we do if we would be one
in carrying out the counsels
given us by the Lord through
his servants. — President
Primary teacher: "Now, Johnny,
what do you think a land flowing
with milk and honey would be
like?" Johnny: "Sticky!"
We need mercy; then let us
be merciful. We need charity;
let us be charitable. We
need forgiveness ; let us forgive.
Let us do unto others what
we would that they should
do unto us. Let us welcome the
new year and dedicate to
it our best efforts, our loyal
service, our love and fellowship,
and our supplication for
the welfare and happiness of
all mankind. — President
Joseph F. Smith
Knowledge is a process of piling
up facts; wisdom lies in their
simplification. — Martin H. Fischer
"Can you tell me ivhy the
hand of the Statue of Liberty
is just eleven inches long?"
"Certainly. If they had made
it an inch longer it would
have been a foot."
The roads are very dirty, my
boots are very thin,
I have a little pocket to put a
God send you happy, God send
God send you a happy New-Year!
— Old English carol
A warm January; a cold May.
— -Welsh proverb
As the mother of eight lively young children, I get
few opportunities to go out in the evening. One Thursday
night as I was dressing, my six-year-old son asked,
"Where's Mom going tonight?" "To Relief Society,"
answered his older sister. "What's Relief Society?"
piped up a four year old. With all the wisdom of
his years, the six year old replied, "I don't know, but
it is a relief for Mom to go to it !"
Submitted by: Kathleen O'Rourke, 361 Congress Street, Troy, N.Y.
A young mother held her small son as she waited outside a Primary classroom
for her older boy to be dismissed. Finally the door opened, and the older boy
came out. Stuck in the middle of his forehead was a bright star, put
there by the teacher in recognition of his reverence. The smaller child,
noticing the star, began crying for one also. This resourceful mother calmly
and deftly opened her purse, found a trading stamp, licked it, and placed
it on the little boy's brow. The family left the church, all smiles.
Submitted by: E. J. Lewis, 4303 Collister, Boise, Idaho
By Virginia Maughan Kammeyer
Little child in church attire,
Victim of unwelcome fame.
Life has handed you a problem;
Things will never be the same.
Little whispers you must silence,
Little fingers you must fold;
Stop your wiggles,
You've a duty to uphold.
You will never more be privileged
Like the other juveniles;
Little ones in your position
Do not clatter down the aisles.
Every eye will be upon you
When you sing and when you pray,
For your father was made bishop
Just a week ago today.
Next month: Justice
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